Sometimes it may feel like hearing loss is isolating, but performer Huey Lewis is using his hearing difficulties to spread the word about hearing loss in an effort to connect with his fans. In a recent interview on Today he opened up about his experience that has changed the trajectory of his career. “I haven’t come to grips with the fact that I may never sing again,” the Huey Lewis said on Today. “I’m still hoping I’m gonna get better. They say a positive attitude is important.”
This devastating blow to his career has spurred him on to communicate with fans about what he has been going through. On Today he recalled one of his scariest moments. “As I walked to the stage, it sounded like there was a jet engine going on,” he remembered. “I knew something was wrong. I couldn’t find pitch. Distorted. Nightmare. It’s cacophony.” So what exactly was causing this kind of massive disruption to his hearing abilities? We now know that he has been diagnosed with Meniere’s disease—an ailment that affects the inner ear, prompts vertigo, and other disorienting symptoms.
Wanting to let his fans know why he was canceling tour dates, he posted a statement to share what was going on with his hearing health and why he unfortunately had to take a break from performing.
While it is a well known fact that loud music can cause Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), it is particularly curious that Huey’s condition seemed to develop quite rapidly. Although there does not seem to be a crystal clear path to recovery, he is doing all he can to improve his condition. There’s no known cure for the disease, but Lewis says that his hearing may improve with a new dietary regimen. “No caffeine, lower salt, and keep your fingers crossed. It can get better. It just hasn’t yet.”
The moral of the story is that while hearing loss may seem to only be happening to you, it is in fact a common thing happening to people all around the world—even people with fame and fortune. We cannot escape the reality of hearing loss, but we can take measures to prevent the effects of hearing damage. The first step is coming in to see us for a free hearing evaluation! The best thing to do for our ears is take preventative measures to decrease hearing damage and knowing what our hearing statuses are, so call us today and schedule your appointment to get your hearing on track!