Famous People with Tinnitus

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    1. aapeli

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    2. creas

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      I read yesterday Gerard Butler has tinnitus too.

      A good and informative list nonetheless.
       
    3. This is really very interesting... Proves the effectiveness and popularity of tinnitus amongst one and all...
       
    4. Rozier

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      Hard to imagine that while battling Xerxes, the legendary Leonidas also heard a sound that no one else could hear. Or that Beowulf and The Phantom of the Opera heard it as well; but as Gerarld Butler played them, they all did.
       
    5. calin
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      Celebrities & Musicians with Tinnitus:

      Neil Young - (loud music) main reason for his "acoustic" music during early 90's
      Barbra Streisand - "Streisand has ascribed her volatile temperament to the tinnitus from which she has suffered since she was seven." source: news.independent.co.uk
      Pete Townshend - "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." Townshend is completely deaf in one ear from an explosion when Keith Moon blew up his drum set live on stage in the early 1960's and loud amps. He has tinnitus, resulting partly from the band's live gigs but mainly the deafening volume in which he and Entwistle used to listen to playbacks over the studio "cans." There are reports saying that he is unable even to hear his phone ring. The Sun newspaper reported Townshend said his hearing got worse after the band's recent US tour. Quote from Pete: "The recent return to touring and to me playing electric guitar - albeit more quietly than in the 1970s - led to further deterioration of my hearing," the 57-year-old said. "My right ear, which encounters my own edgy guitar and the machine gun strokes of the drums, has suffered badly. Luckily for me, I still have my left ear, which seems to be less @#%$ up. When I've worked solo in the past five years I've not used drums. This has meant I could play more quietly I think. With The Who, there is of course no way to play the old songs without drums. I've no idea what I can do about this. I am unable to perform with in-ear monitors. In fact, they increase the often unbearable tinnitus I suffer after shows." source from Sky News
      John Entwhistle - According to Who scholar Andy Neill, Entwhistle was pretty deaf, and tended to rely on lip-reading. He didn't have tinnitus but still played bass at his usual "everything on 11" volume.
      William Shatner - stage/prop explosion on set of StarTrek (during mid 1960's)
      Leonard Nimoy - stage/prop explosion on set of StarTrek (during mid 1960's)
      David Letterman - T in one ear, has had T a long time: Dave mentioned that he too had ringing in his ears, and has had it for a long time to William Shatner
      Paul Schaffer - "He's got that?! I've got that!" on Billy Bob Thornton's character with Tinnitus in 'BANDITS'
      Bill Clinton? - (wears hearing aid) T probably?
      Tony Randall
      Engelbert Humperdinck
      Rosalynn Carter
      Steve Martin - musician (banjo player), actor, comedian. He acquired Tinnitus while filming a pistol-shooting scene in "¡Three Amigos!" in 1986. "You just get used to it."
      Leslie Nealson - (actor in Police Academy movies)
      Mark O. Hatfield
      Ronald Reagan
      Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Influential eighteenth century political philosopher. From "Confessions" (1780) "...a great noise started up in my ears, a noise that was triple or rather quadruple, compounded of a low and muffled humming, a softer murmuring as though of running water, a piercing whistle...This internal noise was so loud that it robbed me of the keen ear I had previously enjoyed and made me, not completely deaf, but hard of hearing... in spite of the throbbing in my arteries and the humming in my ears, which since that time, some thirty years ago now, have never left me for a moment...The noise was irksome, but it caused me no suffering: it was not accompanied by any chronic affliction, apart from insomnia at night..." P. 222, Oxford World's Classics paperback edition, Oxford University Press, 2000
      Jean-Francois Champollion - (1790-1832) Champollion was a French Egyptologist and scholar who is acknowledged as the father of modern Egyptology. He is best known for deciphering the Egyptian Hieroglyphs on the Rosetta Stone. His deciphering of hieroglyphics laid the foundations for modern Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology. In the book "The Keys to Egypt", it describes how Champollion drove himself to complete an encyclopedia of his work. "Depressed and feeling more and more unwell, Champollion now wrote to his brother about the damage done by the strain of work: 'My poor head hurts, my tinnitus, the humming and buzzing noises, has worsened and leaves me neither day nor night. I have frequent spasms and am incapable of occupying myself seriously for more than a quarter hour...' "
      Richard Thomas
      Brian Wilson? T? - deaf in one ear from when his father hit him in the head with a board at an early age
      Dave Pirner - (Soul Asylum) (loud music)
      Bob Mould - (alternative music icon)
      Neve Campbell - loud dance clubs
      Jeff Beck - band Yardbirds (loud music), From an interview with rock guitarist Jeff Beck: "Yes, it's in my left ear. It's excruciating... I mean, it's the worst thing 'cause it's not... It never... It does go away - it's not true to say that it doesn't but, uhh... It doesn't... The doctors say it won't... It isn't actually going away - you've just gotta suppress... They try to come to terms with what it actually... Why some people fear it - that's the psychology behind it. They know it's there but why is it such a horrible sound? Well, you can say why is a guy scratching at a window with his nails such a horrible sound - I couldn't put up with that! This is worse!"
      As Jeff told MTV - June 1993, He was asked to do a special guest spot with Guns 'n' Roses but had to cancel out. Jeff was going to play "Locomotive" with the band, but during the rehearsals, he used Slash's amp rig which aggravated his tinnitus forcing him to drop out of the gig.
      Douglas J Noble - musician, guitar instructor, and music journalist out of Edinburgh, Scotland. From a Jeff Beck interview: "I've got tinnitus in my left ear...I mean it's permanent! Like just now..."
      Mike Patton - T? lead singer for Faith No More; Wrote the Mr. Bungle's tune "Slowly Growing Deaf".
      Burt Reynolds
      Sting - (loud music)
      Liberty Divito - (Billy Joel's drummer) (loud music)
      Eric Clapton - (loud amplifiers)
      Eric Johnson - has developed T (loud music/amps); source from Guitar Player Magazine interview: "I'd run two Marshall stacks onstage and crank the monitors. 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...Yes, though it has been better lately. Take care and wear plugs. Don't think it can't happen to you. When I had a speaker reconed at the been here for years reconing shop in Austin the owner said, "I've reconed speakers for every guitarist in Austin for years and as far as I know there aren't any rock 'n roll lead guitarists here who don't have tinnitus to some degree or another. Many have it so bad they have trouble sleeping."
      James Hetfield - Metallica rhythm guitar and uses Sonic II Ear plugs
      Lars Ulrich - drummer for Metallica
      Vanilla Fudge - Tim Bogert (bassist): "Tinnitus, big time. That’s the price you pay for having a darn good time. Nothing’s free!"
      Radiohead - lead singer
      Motorhead - Lemmy Kilminster (thrash-punk-metal pioneers): "We just like it loud, you know?"
      Kevin Shields - guitarist/singer for My Bloody Valentine: "I did the damage to my ears listening to mixes in headphones at very loud levels without giving my ears time to recover."
      Blinda Butcher - bassist/singer for My Bloody Valentine: "I had a punctured ear drum which fortunately they were able to put right but for a while I couldn't hear out of one ear and it was very depressing. On stage we all wear hearing protection and encourage anyone who sees us regularly to do the same."
      George Martin? - retired from music due to hearing loss
      George Harrison? - had hearing damage from loud music
      Thomas Edison
      Graham Cole - UK actor and singer, suffers tinnitus and hearing loss
      Sylvester Stallone
      Ted Nugent - Amboy Dukes guitarist: "My left ear is pretty much whacked. But I can still hear really good in my right ear. Early on, I would stick shell casings, which I always had handy, in my ear, to protect my right ear because that was the one that was facing the amp the most."
      Rick Emmett - Triumph guitarist, source from Guitar Player Magazine
      Bono - U2 lead singer, he even sings about it in his lyrics. Bono derived his name from a hearing aid store in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland which had a sign that read 'Bonavox Hearing Aids'.
      The Edge - U2 guitar player
      Ben Bossi - Saxophone player for Romeo Void. From a VH1 interview: His ears had started ringing and he was losing his hearing when the band was in it's heyday. He quit playing the sax after the band broke up and hasn't played since.
      Peter Jennings
      Jerry Stiller - Frank Costanza on Seinfeld
      Lorence Henderson
      Husker Du/Sugar - frontman
      Dwight D. Eisenhower
      Martin Luther
      Phil Collins - sources: newspapers/website. From Sky News: He will have to severely cut back on live performances "thanks to the buzzing in his ears."
      "Phil Collins recently declared an end to his concert touring because of the hearing loss he has suffered. The 51 year-old former Genesis drummer and vocalist announced that he will perform live only occasionally to avoid further hearing loss on his hearing damaged left ear." source from hear-it.org
      Cher
      Morgan Fairchild - T? Actress; She was born a preemie who developed scarlet fever. She has so many kidney and ear infections as a child that she admits she is "partially deaf."
      Cheryl Tiegs - Super model
      Blixa Bargeld - (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Einstuerzende Neubauten)
      Ozzy Ozborne
      Huey Lewis
      Tony Franklin
      Alan Shepard - (T and Meniere's Disease)
      Ira Flatow - National Public Radio - Host, Talk of the Nation: Science Friday
      "Some interesting and hopeful news for people, like myself, millions of us, who have a constant ringing in one or both of our ears... Researchers have figured out where in the brain that ringing- called tinnitus - originates." Click on the below link to view and listen to Ira Flatow's program on Tinnitus with guests: Dr. Alan Lockwood (Professor of Neurology, Nuclear Medicine, and Communicative Disorders and Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, Research Physician, Veterans Administration Hospital, Buffalo, New York) and Dr. Richard Salvi (Professor of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York) Science Friday: Tinnitus
      Don Imus
      Vincent Van Gogh - maybe why he cut off his ear
      Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) - Spanish artist that had tinnitus and hearing loss from a severe illness.
      Ludwig Van Beethoven - Famously deaf, Beethoven was also a famous tinnitus sufferer. The great composer was driven mad by "rushing and roaring sounds" in his head.
      Robert Schumann - composer
      Bedrich Smetana - it was a high E, and it was in his string quartet "From My Life."
      Charles Darwin - who kept records of its daily amplitude and frequency
      Clive Barker - T? disturbing story "Dread"
      Mick Fleetwood - T? Fleetwood Mac drummer; "The world's worst is when you find yourself going like Mother Hubbard and cupping your hand behind your ear. I was a major glutton for volume: 'Gotta feel it, gotta hear it.' Sooner or later you're going to pay the reaper." source: Rolling Stone Magazine
      Stewart Copeland - hearing loss but no T yet
      - plays bass in the band Dogstar
      Keanu ReevesLarry King said he has tinnitus on his left ear. He also said his is very low and it doesn't bother him
      x- fiddle player Fairport Convention mammoth onstage amplification (ironic for a 'folk rock' band).
      Charles Arthur - guitar player
      Charlie Haden - jazz bassist, Charlie Haden to Charles Arthur (Q&A), "Over the years I have learned to adjust my life to this problem and accepted these ear problems as part of my being. In other words, I tell myself that I've been this way since I was born. This helps me to reduce the stress and frustration of this condition. I wear earplugs when I play that cut out 32 db's, as well as using plexiglass baffles. You are seeing the right person in Dr. Jack Vernon. Many musicians have this problem. I take it you know about "Tinnitus Today" and "H.E.A.R." from Dr. Vernon. Good luck and keep positive, Charlie Haden"
      Kathy Peck - bass player/singer-songwriter: "My life had really changed when I experienced the loss of my hearing and Tinnitus damage after the Contractions opened up for Duran Duran." H.E.A.R. - "As a former bass player and singer for the San Francisco rock band The Contractions, Kathy had suffered hearing damage while playing a set at the Oakland Coliseum in l984. The repeated exposure to excessive noise caused a ringing sensation in her ears called tinnitus, as well as decreasing her ability to hear." Kathy is the co-founder and executive director of H.E.A.R.- Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers founded in 1988 to help musicians and the public with hearing loss and Tinnitus issues due to loud music damage. H.E.A.R.'s web site is www.hearnet.com
      Michael Tomlinson - musician/singer-songwriter: After an ear infection, he temporarily lost 90% of his hearing for a few weeks, but still has Tinnitus in one ear. Source from: E-mail correspondence
      Al Di Meola - musician/guitarist: "I do. That's why i don't play electric anymore."
      John Densmore - drummer for The Doors, Ray Manzarek says that things are looking grim for Densmore, in terms of his future as a musician: "Tinnitus, man, you can't...You know, there's nothing you can do about it. It doesn't get better. It can only get worse--that's the hell of that thing. You'd say, 'Well, you know, when it's better, you're gonna play, man.' Well, it doesn't get better. The nature of that problem is that it can only get worse."
      Jimmy Savile - "It doesn't bother me in the slightest," he told Michael Church. "It reminds me of all the girls I've known, and all the discos. I'm very happily ensconced with this friend inside my head." Source from: news.independent.co.uk
      Michael Church - "I acquired my own tinnitus in the stupidest possible way: on the rifle range at Catterick army camp, while training as an officer cadet. St Albans School in the late Fifties was a grotesquely spartan place, where ear-defenders were unheard of (my fellow victim Stephen Hawking improvised earplugs from blotting paper, and the doctor had to dig them out). After a noisy afternoon with a Bren firing 12 inches from my left ear, I returned home deafened, and though my hearing eventually returned (minus the high frequencies), I was left with a loud hiss. (Yes, I should have sued both the school and the MoD, but 16-year-olds don't have time for such niceties.)"
      Francis Rossi - lead singer and guitarist for the band Status Quo.
      Mick Ronson - David Bowie's guitarist, had tinnitus in the ear that was closest to his speaker column.
      Hansi Kursch - lead singer and bass player for the band Blind Guardian. Kursch actually lost all hearing on one side, and then suffered tinnitus in the same ear. source from DynamiteMetal.com
      Jarmo Miettinen - Rhythm guitar & vocals for the band Status Quiz
      Todd Rundgren - Musician
      Trent Reznor - Nine Inch Nails
      James Destri - keyboardist who wrote "Fan Mail" by Blondie on the album Plastic Letters
      Roger Miller - "Mission of Burma...Its career cut short by guitarist Roger Miller’s mounting tinnitus... Miller’s never shaken his condition, but now wears firingrange headphones so that Burma’s full sonic experience--high decibel levels are a key component in the band’s music--can be unleashed upon the crowd." Source from: www.avguide.com
      Richard Pleasance - guitarist for Boom Crash Opera, took time off in 1990 from touring with this band due to tinnitus. Source from: www.vh1.com
      Danny Elfman - Oingo Boingo, film scores/composer. Touring took a major toll on his hearing and he still suffers from tinnitus. "The last five or six years I was in the band, my instincts were telling me I was doing myself a lot of harm - and I was right. I really should have gotten out sooner than I did, and I'm incredibly regretful that I didn't because I'm paying the price for it now." Source from: OCRegister
      Steve Lukather - guitarist/song writer for Toto, developed tinnitus sometime in the 1980's. "Yes I have tinnitus, what a drag. I wear earplugs now 'cause of it. I found that it was all the years wearing headphones that did me in more than live playing. I used to have the real expensive plugs, but I found some 2 dollar ones that work just as good and you don't feel bad losing them, hahaha. My hearing is damaged though. I always have to say "WHAT???", hahaha. Be careful guys, this could happen to you!" Source from: www.stevelukather.net
       
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    6. gary
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      gary Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Macomb, MI. USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who Knows
      Well, at least we are in some pretty good company!
       
    7. calin
      Inspired

      calin Member Benefactor

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      Yep! We are not alone!
       
    8. Emma

      Emma Member

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      2012
      I wonder if Justin Beiber, Rihanna, Beyonce, Madonna, One Direction have been affected by tinnitus? How could they not be? They do so many loud shows, with so many loud fans, how are they not getting noise-induced tinnitus? I only know Chris Martin from Coldplay and Will.I.Am from Black eyed peas have talked about tinnitus, but how is it that these other singers have avoided it? Or do they just not care?
       
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    9. Fish
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      Fish Member Benefactor

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      Poland
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      July 2012
      Trust me, very many artists have tinnitus and hearing loss, just majority of them would rather not talk about it. It is a delicate matter in this industry. I won't get into details, but if you admit of having hearing problems, it can make your career more difficult in many ways, with insurance companies for example. I recently had a great pleasure to work with a very popular band in Poland and I directly asked each member if they have tinnitus and hearing loss. They do.

      Regarding protection, all present-day musicians performing in large venues wear an in-ear audio system that serves a double role of hearing protection and audio monitoring.
       
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    10. stantheman

      stantheman Member

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      Maybe there are some people, musicians or not, just not predisposed to getting tinnitus? I don't know. Just supposition on my part.
       
    11. Louise

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      Yorkshire, UK
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      It was recently reported in the news that Louis from One Direction has developed tinnitus from the screaming of female fans. They are back-tracking a bit now by saying its cleared up (probably because of the reason Fish cited).

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbi...s-Tomlinson-going-deaf-loud-screams-fans.html
      http://www.examiner.com/article/lou...aring-problems-because-of-loud-fans-and-music
       
    12. calin
      Inspired

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      This tinnitus sufferer made this video and has responses from others with tinnitus under the comments section.


      Celebrities & Famous People With Tinnitus:...
       
    13. jes
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      halo I just saw rockstar claime (you cant be a rockstar without tinnitus) and when the press ask,they al
      say they have learned to live with it.They dont tel about lack of sleap,when the t takes over and the nerves,but it doesnt look good for a star to suffer.They got t and they have a lot lot of money.And I am sure that everyone would give half of their milliones if not more to get rid of it.I am thinking of the steemcel resourgh.if they all gave 10% we could etablish a team perhaps in germany,some of the scientist
      could self have t, to speed up the proces.
       
    14. Karl

      Karl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chicago
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      10/2011
      Watching that video was quite a depressing way to start my day. I thought it was an interview with Eric Clapton. Very negative message.
       
    15. David Barr

      David Barr Member

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2013
      Another few for this list:

      Noel Gallagher of Oasis recently surfaced as another T sufferer. Then Liam Gallagher piped up saying he had it, too, providing the following gem of a sound bite:

      "Without a doubt I have tinnitus. You're not a proper rock'n'roll star if you don't. I learned to live with it a long time ago. I put up with it – I just talk really loudly over it. I'm proud of it. Anyone who doesn't have ringing in their ears can fuck right off."
       
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    16. siroconoto

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      Location:
      Santander, Spain
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      06/2012
      An excerpt of Anthony Kiedis bio Scar Tissue (p. 278):

      The next show was in Del Mar, a town just north of San
      Diego. We played a giant airplane hangar of a room, and once again
      Nirvana went out and destroyed with their set, and the kids went
      insane. It was so packed in there by the time we came onstage that
      steam had risen off the audience and formed a discernible cloud.
      We played better that night. There was less pressure, for one, and
      John felt like rocking a bit more. Maybe Nirvana was pushing him.
      That night was the beginning of my ongoing battle with tinnitus.
      Chad and I both came offstage and hugged backstage and realized
      that our ears were perceptibly ringing. By the end of that tour, I'd
      have permanent ear damage, which, unfortunately, is one of the
      hardest things to cure.
       
    17. Amelia
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      Amelia Member

      Location:
      Australia
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      08/2013
      Ugh ... Great attitude ... NOT!
       
    18. Amelia
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      Amelia Member

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      08/2013
      I've also read that Roger Taylor from Queen said he had "Tinnitus for a while" and he wears hearing aids now
       
    19. nanner
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      Maybe Liam was just making a joke that he wears T like a badge of honor since many musicians suffer from T? I thought it was kinda funny.
       
    20. nanner
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      nanner Member

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      Btw, love your avatar Amelia.
       
    21. LadyDi
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      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      When I see these celeb lists I think of this: Money is no object for these people. So if any of these wild pipe dream T surgeries and treatments out there worked, they would be having them. So think I'll save my money and hope research speeds up.

      And speaking of which: would be nice if some of these famous folk did donate and promote tinnitus research, although know a few have been part of public awareness campaigns.
       
    22. Dishman
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      06/2013
      I feel the same way LadyDi, with all the money that these celebrities have and living with this condition day in and day out, I don't understand why they wouldn't donate to reach a cure or treatment. Sorry to say it but it almost makes me believe that a cure is not possible because I'm sure most of these celebrities have tried to get rid of their tinnitus and spent a fair amount doing so. This tinnitus sure is a mystery...!
       
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    23. Amelia
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      Amelia Member

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      08/2013
      Thanks ... Love my M*A*S*H :)
       
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    24. Shuffle
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      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Heavy Metal & Machinery
      I've read somewhere Justin Hawkins from The Darkness has pretty severe T.
       
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    25. Amelia
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      Amelia Member

      Location:
      Australia
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      08/2013
      Really :( love the darkness
       
    26. Amelia
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      Amelia Member

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      08/2013
    27. James White
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      Location:
      Toulouse, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe loud music. Not sure.
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    28. GMac14

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      Edmonton
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      Oct 30, 2013
      I found out the my favorite artist Ryan Adams has Tinnitus and used hypnotherapy to take his mind off it.
       
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    29. James White
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      James White Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Toulouse, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe loud music. Not sure.
      Great artist ! Precisely, he has meniere's and he can't hear much from one ear now i think ... he has been out of the game for 3 years before he started making music again
       
    30. Denny

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