TINNITUS & HYPERACUSIS
Eric clapton, musician
I started using Fender Deluxe Reverb amps and 50-watt Marshalls around ’97, after I started having some problems with tinnitus. It was my own doing—being irresponsible and thinking I was invincible.
tim bogert, musician
Tinnitus, big time. That’s the price you pay for having a darn good time. Nothing’s free!
Neil young, musician
I made ‘Harvest Moon’ [in 1992] because I didn’t want to hear any loud sounds. I still have a little bit of tinnitus, but fortunately now I’m not as sensitive to loud sounds as I was for a year after the mixing of ‘Weld’ [in 1991]. My hearing’s not perfect but it’s okay.
Lars Ulrich of Metallica, musician
If you get a scratch on your nose, in a week that’ll be gone. When you scratch your hearing or damage your hearing, it doesn’t come back. I try to point out to younger kids.… once your hearing is gone, it’s gone, and there’s no real remedy.
Pete Townshend of The Who, musician
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
William Shatner, actor
There were days when I didn’t know whether I would survive, I was so tormented by the screeching in my head.
Chris Martin of Coldplay, musician
I’ve had tinnitus for about 10 years, and since I started protecting my ears it hasn’t got any worse—touch wood. Looking after your ears is unfortunately something you don’t think about until there’s a problem. I wish I’d thought about it earlier.
Ozzy Osbourne, musician
I suffer from permanent tinnitus . . . which means I’ve got this constant ringing in my ears, which has also made me somewhat deaf (or ‘conveniently deaf,’ as Sharon calls it). It’s like this ‘whee!’ noise in my head all the time. Should have worn earplugs, I guess.
Barbra Streisand, musician
When I went to have my hearing tested, I had supersonic hearing. I hear more. It’s annoying because I long to hear silence. That’s one of the reasons that I always felt different as a kid. I was in the sixth grade when I started to hear these strange noises, and I would put scarves around my head to try to block them out. I lived with a secret. I was afraid to find out what it was.