During the 1920’s, a promising deaf boxer was
welterweight Fred Mahan, a Texan, with approximately
100 bouts and 54 knockout wins. He did not accept
his deafness and dreamed of becoming a hearing person.
In these days it was suggested that skydiving would
restore a person’s hearing, an air pressure change
doing tricks to one’s ear. On February 2, 1930,
he skydived from 5,000 feet in the air, and
plunged to his death. Authorities said he was
inexperienced with the parachute.