The first Neurophon was made when Patrick was only 14 years old, in 1958. The following year, Flanagan gave a lecture at the Houston Amateur Radio Club, where he demonstrated the possibilities of his invention.
The day after the lecture, a reporter from the Houston Post called him. He asked if it was possible to try a Neurophon on his relative who was deaf as a result of spinal meningitis. The experiment was very successful. And the day after the successful experiment, an article was published about the neurophone as a potential hearing aid for the deaf.
Fame grew every year. In 1961, correspondents from Life magazine literally settled in Patrick’s house. They took about a thousand pictures, following him everywhere he went. Continue reading