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Once I was elected to membership in a certain business organization. I went to its dinners where there was much speech-making. At first I regretted that I could not hear those often long orations. Then, one year, they printed them after the dinner and I read them. I haven't felt a mite of sorrow since.

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Source Notes: The Diary and Sundry Observations of Thomas Alva Edison ("Sundry Observations"; chapter 1, "Autobiographical"; section 2 [1925]), ed. Dagobert D. Runes (1948). Edison lost his hearing when he was twelve, but in this chapter proves, with many examples, how his deafness relieved him from noise, which he considered to be one of the greatest sources of "nerve strain of our modern life." In discussing speeches, he goes on to say: "When the other day, I read that a certain scientist had developed a short-term anesthetic, the first thought that came to me was that it should be served out at banquets to people with good hearing."

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