As a result of the otitis media, he lost his hearing in the left ear
The poet Edgar Lee Masters vividly described Roosevelt's health in later years
The poet Edgar Lee Masters described his last visit with TR
... He's drest in canvas khaki, flannel shirt.
Laced boots for farming, chopping trees, perhaps;
A stocky frame, curtains of skin on cheeks
Drained slightly of their fat; gash on the neck
Where pus was emptied lately; one eye dim
And growing dimmer; almost blind in that.
And when he walks he rolls a little like
A man whose youth is fading, like a cart
That rolls when springs are old. He is a moose,
Scarred, battered from the hunters, thickets, stones;
Some finest tips of antlers broken off.
And eyes where images of ancient things
Flit back and forth across them keeping still
A certain slumberous indifference
Or wisdom, it may be...
Manners, William. TR and Will: A Friendship that Split the Republican Party. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1969.
a p.303 b p.309
Pringle, Henry F. The Life and Times of William Howard Taft: A Biography. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1939.