Suffering Musicians

 

When you think of a rock star, there are many things that come to mind, but tinnitus is not usually one of them. Unfortunately, many musicians suffer from tinnitus because of years of exposure to loud sounds: concerts, practice, and just listening to music. For some, hearing protection does not feel practical, and for others it is something they think about when it is too late.  Because hearing loss is the most common cause of tinnitus, it is easy to see how artists that are exposed to so much noise can develop tinnitus if they do not take precautions. The effect this has on musicians spans generations: from Chris Martin of Coldplay to Neil Young, a whole range of famous artists live with chronic ringing in the ears.

In 2013, various artists got together to work on an album (I Am The One in Ten) to raise awareness for a condition that affects around 10% of the population. Their efforts may not only help with shifting attention to tinnitus, but may also contribute to knowledge of preventative measures (e.g., hearing protection) for tinnitus sufferers.

While most suffering from tinnitus do not have the kind of resources Chris Martin may have, it just goes to show how difficult it has been for tinnitus sufferers to find ways to manage their tinnitus.