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Ultimate Classic Rock
By Dave Lifton
March 8, 2016

AC/DC were forced to postpone the remainder of their 2016 tour due to singer Brian Johnson’s risk of “total hearing loss.” This isn’t the first time that a rock ‘n’ roll star has dealt with this issue.

Some musicians, like Paul Stanley of Kiss and the Beach Boys‘ Brian Wilson, have struggled with hearing problems their entire lives. Stanley was born with Grade III microtia in his right ear, a congenital disease in which the external ear is underdeveloped, causing deafness. Wilson has also been unable to use his right ear since childhood, and it’s undetermined if he was born with a degenerative condition or if it was the result of his father’s physical abuse.

But what about hearing loss caused by a lifetime of exposure to sound at high volumes? Dr. Carol Rousseau, a clinical audiologist, tells Ultimate Classic Rock that “music-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells in the cochlea or inner ear.

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