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Rock Band has to cancel gigs in the US

Lead singer at risk of permanent hearing loss.

Posted: 8th March 2016 Brian Johnson.

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One of the world’s leading rock bands, AC/DC has had to postpone a number of gigs as lead singer Brian Johnson has been warned by doctors that he risks going deaf, according to RTE Entertainment News.

Doctors have issued a stark warning to the singer urging him to “stop performing immediately” or face total hearing loss.

A statement on the group’s website said: “AC/DC are forced to reschedule the 10 upcoming dates on the US leg of their Rock or Bust world tour.”

Brian Johnson is 68, and has been the lead singer with AC/DC since 1980 following the death of former front man Bon Scott. Some of their best known hits include Thunderstruck and Highway To Hell.

Hearing loss and tinnitus are common issues faced by musicians, as it is only in recent years that musicians have begun to take precautions to protect their hearing. Some famous musicians that have been affected by hearing loss or tinnitus include Sting, Bono, Phil Collins, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton and Chris Martin.

Musicians have almost 4 times the risk of developing hearing loss compared to members of the general public.


In recent years the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been highlighting the issue of acquired hearing loss in the wider population, and in particular the damage being caused to hearing through listening to music at dangerous sound levels. In fact the WHO estimate that up to half of all acquired hearing loss is preventable.


Quarter of a million adults in Ireland have hearing loss.
If you suspect you may have a hearing loss, don’t ignore it!



Brendan Lennon, DeafHear’s Head of Advocacy says that people who regularly attend music or sporting events should consider wearing ear protection. “We strongly encourage people to protect their hearing, as acquired hearing loss has a major impact on quality of life. Wearing ear plugs with acoustic filters does not reduce the clarity or quality of sound, but they do help protect your ears from permanent hearing damage,” he said. Line Break Image


Related to this story…

Musicians beware: Mind your hearing!

A German study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine earlier this year has found that professional musicians have almost 4 times the risk of developing hearing loss compared to members of the general public. [Read On] Musicians beware: Mind your hearing!

DeafHear’s “Keep the Sound” campaign

is a nationwide awareness campaign, aimed at 13–30 year olds, to highlight the potential damage to hearing caused by listening to music ‘too loud, too long’.

[Read On] To learn more about how hearing aids can help slow down the rate of cognitive decline.



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