Lewis thinks the cause of his hearing loss is Meniere’s disease, which is an inner ear disorder that causes vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, tinnitus and ear pressure.
His doctors told him that he should not perform until his hearing improves.
Lewis released a statement on Twitter explaining more about why he has to cancel the show.
Huey Lewis and The News cancel all 2018 performances. See attached note from Huey. pic.twitter.com/FbWqDlGwnR
— Huey Lewis (@Huey_Lewis_News) April 13, 2018
“Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing,” Lewis said on Twitter. “Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing. The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch.”
Lewis also expressed how awful he feels about having to cancel the tour and apologized to his fans.
“Needless to say, I feel horrible about this, and wish to sincerely apologize to all the fans who’ve already bought tickets and were planning to come see us,” said Lewis.
Lewis isn’t the first musician to recently admit that his hearing loss is affecting his music. Musicians such as Eric Clapton, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, and ACDC’s Brian Johnson have also shared that they are dealing with hearing loss.
As musicians get older, more are sharing that they are losing their hearing due to the loud environments they spent time in throughout their careers. Daltrey went as far as to tell his fans to bring their earplugs to concerts to protect their hearing.
Just two minutes at a concert with 110dB of sound can damage your hearing, according to the Hear the World Foundation.
Music fans are encouraged to wear earplugs to protect themselves from losing their hearing and tinnitus.
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