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With festival season in full swing, pop stars are making the headlines regarding their hearing. Former Oasis frontman, Liam Gallagher, has revealed that he now suffers from tinnitus as a result of spending several years in the music business.
"Without a doubt I have tinnitus…..I learned to live with it a long time ago. I put up with it – I just talk really loudly over it,” he said.
The condition has affected many musicians in recent years. Liam’s older brother, Noel, also recently sought professional advice about his deteriorating hearing.
Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin, recently admitted to suffering from tinnitus, attributed to listening to loud music from an early age:
“Looking after your ears is unfortunately something you don’t think about until there’s a problem,” said Martin.
“I’ve had tinnitus for about ten years, and since I started protecting my ears it hasn’t got any worse – touch wood.
“But I wish I’d thought about it earlier. Now [the band] always use moulded filter plugs, or in-ear monitors, to try to protect our ears”.
The Who’s Pete Townsend also suffers from the condition, as does rap star Plan-B:
“I have severe hearing damage. It's manifested itself as tinnitus, ringing in the ears at frequencies that I play guitar. It hurts, it's painful, and it's frustrating," said Townsend.
"The recent return to touring and to me playing electric guitar - albeit more quietly than in the 1970s - led to further deterioration of my hearing".
Pete Townsend also warns youngsters not to misuse the iPods, recommending they turn the volume down:
“Hearing loss is a terrible thing because it cannot be repaired. If you use an iPod or anything like it, or your child uses one, you may be ok. But my intuition tells me there is terrible trouble ahead,” he said.
However, in other news, American pop singer Pink has shown she will not risk the hearing of her children, making her young daughter wear what appeared to be a set of Baby-Banz Mini Ear Defenders - Pinkear defenders while she performed on stage.
If you play in a band or regularly attend festivals, make sure you take precautions: wear a set of suitable earplugs and ensure that you take regular breaks away from the stage.