Tommy has nothing physically wrong with his eyes and ears. His blindness and deafness is caused by a mental block, the result of seeing his father being murdered in the mirror when he was a child. When the mirror is broken, Tommy's senses are restored. Tommy sets up a holiday camp where people can play pinball wearing earplugs and eyeshades, so they can experience what he did - and, he hopes, feel the same wonder about being able to see and hear. But the people reject him and smash up the camp, so Tommy goes off on his own to look at the beauty of the world.
The Pinball Wizard: Ever since I was a young boy, I've played the silver ball. From SoHo down to Brighton, I must have played them all. But I ain't seen nothin' like him In any amusement hall. That deaf, dumb and blind kid Sure plays a mean pinball.
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