Loud music puts us all at risk for noise-induced hearing loss. Do you recall leaving a concert and having a temporary ringing in your ears? That was just after one show; try going on a world tour. Musicians are especially susceptible to hearing loss and tinnitus as they’re typically closer to the speakers and are more frequently practicing and performing their music.
Musicians are 57% more likely to develop a case of tinnitus than the general public. No matter if they’re part of a rock ‘n’ roll band, a singer or an electronic DJ, any and all genres of music contribute to hearing loss and tinnitus. Seeing an ear specialist when you first notice symptoms can help prevent a further degree of hearing loss down the road.
You’re not alone
Lots of musicians have recently come forward about their struggles with hearing loss and tinnitus. We have not seen this pattern as much in the past, as many of them don’t want the world to know they have a case of tinnitus. They fear it will change their reputation. Since tinnitus can change your perception of sound and music, we can see why it’s difficult for some to talk about.
Coming forward about it only does more good; it spreads awareness of the issue. Fans become motivated to protect their hearing, as well. When famous musicians open up about their hearing loss and tinnitus, and even their use of hearing aids, it can help break the stigmas and make other musicians experiencing tinnitus or hearing loss know they are not alone.
Musicians with hearing loss or tinnitus
The electronic DJ Subtronics recently opened up about having tinnitus, and is committed to protecting his fans' ears. He is constantly tweeting about the importance of wearing ear protection and is even in the midst of a collaboration with Eargasm earplugs. Also in the electronic music industry, Grimes has revealed she’s suffering from tinnitus, and k.flay experienced sudden hearing loss and is fighting to restore her hearing. Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk developed potential deafness, but is said to have recovered.
You may also be familiar with Eric Clapton, Ozzy Osborne, Bob Dylan, Nils Lofgren, Mick Fleetwood and Will.I.Am. All of these artists have revealed their struggle with hearing loss, and they each come from different genres of music.
Our rock music and metal fans may recognize James Hetflied and Lars Ulrich from Metallica, Dave Grohl from Nirvana and Foo Fighters, Brian Johnson from AC/DC, Joey Johnson from Slipknot, Anthony Keidis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Densmore from The Doors. All of these musicians, in addition to indie and blues stars like the Who’s Pete Townshend and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, have and continue to experience some form of hearing loss due to their career.
It’s important to protect your hearing and visit an ear specialist
If you are a musician experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, you should seek help from an ear specialist before it gets worse. Wearing hearing protection and getting regular check ups can help you continue enjoying your music career.
Maybe you’ve heard of some of these musicians and perhaps even seen some of them live. If you leave a concert and notice a persistent ringing in your ears that doesn’t go away, seek professional advice right away. Contact us today with any questions or concerns!