Approximately 20% of American adults suffer from tinnitus, which occurs when the brain sends sound signals (such as ringing, chirping, etc.) to make up for a lack of sound in the auditory system. Tinnitus is usually associated with gradual hearing loss, and it is so prevalent that it has even affected some of the most famous musicians in the world.
No one is ever going to doubt Eric Clapton’s musical chops, and he does it all while living with tinnitus and hearing loss. Clapton attributes his hearing issues to a lifetime spent playing and listening to music that was too loud, sometimes so much so that his bandmates would complain. Tinnitus hasn’t forced Clapton to put down his guitar, but he does pay close attention to his exposure to decibel levels nowadays.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that tinnitus will stop you from winning two Oscars, five Emmys, and ten Grammys, because Barbra Streisand sure didn’t. In 1985, she opened up to Barbara Walters in an interview about developing tinnitus at the age of nine. However, Streisand committed herself to learning how to manage the symptoms, and went on to become one of the most successful entertainers of all time.
After years of success with Genesis and a spectacular solo career, Phil Collins was forced to take an extended break from touring (at the time, he wasn’t sure if he would ever tour again) when an inner ear infection resulted in hearing loss and tinnitus. He wisely saw this as in indication that he needed to take things easier, and although he has reduced the frequency of his dates, Collins is still touring today.
You may not share the accolades of these celebrities, but anyone can be struck with tinnitus. If you believe that you or a loved one may need help with tinnitus and hearing loss, contact the experts at U.S. Hearing Solutions today.