The former Oasis guitarist recently had a brain scan after worrying about a ringing in his ear – a common sign of the ear condition – and doctors believe his years of performing at ear-splitting volumes have caused the affliction.
In an interview with TalkSport radio host Andy Goldstein, Noel said: ”I went for a brain scan. They did find it… I’ve got a bizarre ringing in my ears. I think it’s just through playing guitar for the last 20 years, so I had to sit in a tube in the hospital.
”The funny thing is they give you these headphones and I chose classical music. It came on and it was the exact music I play to my little kid when he goes to bed. I was in there for 25 minutes. It was horrible.” The 45-year-old rocker – who now has his Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds project – admitted he isn’t worried about the results of his scan and has no regrets about his career. He said: ”It’s an accumulation of many things but I’ve had a bloody great time doing it all and if I do eventually die of brain disease, it will have been worth it.”
Noel isn’t the only famous musician to fall victim to tinnitus; Coldplay’s Chris Martin, The Who’s Pete Townshend and Morrissey all suffer from the inner-ear condition.
Hearing loss can be prevented
Being exposed to loud noises is a natural part of everyday life for many people, be it at work, in traffic or at a café. Preventative measures may therefore be paramount in situations such as rock concerts, where it is common to be exposed to noise levels above the recommended maximum level of 85dB.
Hearing protection such as a set of earplugs can make a huge difference when exposed to loud music or other noises. They can be bought in most pharmacies and supermarkets, and when employed can reduce noise by 20-30dB.
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