If necessity is the mother of invention, is Thomas Edison the father of invention?
With over a thousand patents and many now-essential inventions to his name, it’s pretty safe to say he was. And the truth is, he was probably also the father of innovation.
On this day—February 11—in 1847, Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio, the youngest of seven children. Just like 20% of Americans today, Edison had hearing loss, which was caused by scarlet fever as a child and several untreated ear infections.
But that didn’t keep this innovative inventor from having a prolific career.
The stock ticker, the light bulb, the phonograph, the motion picture camera, DC electricity and the first industrial research lab are all the products of this genius man with a hearing impairment.
Thanks to Edison, we can see at night without candles, we can go to the movies, we can charge smartphones in the car and we can listen to music at home. We at ClearSounds are all for invention and innovation, and are perpetually impressed and grateful to Edison for the huge impact he had on our everyday lives.
If he could accomplish so much while living with hearing loss… What are you waiting for?