Chris Martin has had tinnitus for 10 years. Plan B suffers from tinnitus that sounds like a train. Judge Jules is a big supporter of our Loud Music campaign.
Find out why these stars, and other famous musicians, protect their hearing.
What do the artists say?
'Looking after your ears is unfortunately something you don't think about until there's a problem. I've had tinnitus for about 10 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 we always use moulded filter plugs, or in-ear monitors, to try and protect our ears. You CAN use industrial headphones, but that looks strange at a party.'
‘I’m Plan B and I suffer from tinnitus. When I first developed it, I thought it was trains rushing by my house as I live near a railway line - it was really loud and an extremely high pitched ringing in my ears. I had to see an ear specialist as I couldn’t get rid of this ringing noise, I didn’t know what it was, and I was told it was tinnitus.
I now have to wear special earplugs when I go to bed to help stop my ears from ringing. There’s no doubt it’s been caused by years of being on stage and subjected to very loud decibels of music. So if you’re listening to music a lot, producing music or performing live, then always wear earplugs. You’re not Superman and your hearing matters!’
‘I feel really strongly about listening to music safely and that’s why I’m a big supporter of the Loud Music campaign. I’ve been in the industry for over twenty years and although I’m lucky not to suffer tinnitus or hearing loss, so many of my colleagues and friends do from listening to loud music for long periods. Be wise and wear earplugs when going to clubs or when exposed to loud music.’
‘So many musicians have suffered from tinnitus or hearing loss because they weren’t educated about the dangers of listening to loud music and wearing earplugs. The Loud Music campaign wants to change the way people listen to loud music. Earplugs should be a part of everyone’s essential Saturday night entertainment!’
‘I’m Gary Numan, this is a message for people who go to clubs or listen to live music to look after your ears. It’s advice that I wish I’d had, as I wouldn’t be in a position I am now. I didn’t look after my ears and I’m in trouble. It’s getting serious to the point that I can’t mix my music properly anymore, so it’s majorly impacted on my career. If I’d just looked after them when I was younger then this would never have happened, so I very much regret it. I would often be at gigs, standing at the front next to the speakers, not wearing earplugs, thinking I’m cool and being manly, but that’s just rubbish, it’s stupid. So look after your hearing and wear earplugs.’
DJ Andy Smith:
‘I wear noise-cancelling headphones whenever I’m listening to music to protect my hearing. It means I can enjoy music at a reasonable volume with absolute clarity rather than having to turn up the volume but still struggle to hear over background noise!’
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