Whom do you think of if I say "brilliant European composer born in the 18th century who made gorgeous music even though he lost his hearing?"
The obvious answer is German Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).
The less obvious answer is Englishman William Boyce (1711-1779).
The always-informative blog Brits at Their Best introduce you to this remarkable figure in musical history here and here.
Take a listen too. Beautiful!