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4/20/2016
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We are all at risk for noise induced hearing loss.  The tiny hairs inside our ears that help us hear are very sensitive to noise, and once they are damaged they cannot be repaired. Read more...
 
 
We are all at risk for noise induced hearing loss.  The tiny hairs inside our ears that help us hear are very sensitive to noise, and once they are damaged they cannot be repaired.  This is something that Rock and Roll legend Brian Johnson has taken to heart.  According to a CNN article, the AC/DC lead singer has made a huge decision; he has pulled out of AC/DC’s “Rock or Bust” world tour, noting that his “partial hearing loss” was starting to interfere with his performance on stage.  In a statement to the media he said:
 
"On March 7th, after a series of examinations by leading physicians in the field of hearing loss, I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness.  Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can't deliver that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC. I am not a quitter and I like to finish what I start, nevertheless, the doctors made it clear to me and my bandmates that I had no choice but to stop performing on stage for the remaining shows and possibly beyond." 

Read more at http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/19/entertainment/brian-johnson-ac-dc/index.html.
 
Johnson made taking care of his hearing a priority.  He took action by seeking professional care and by choosing to safeguard what hearing he has left.  The lessons here are 1) if you suspect hearing loss, seek diagnosis and treatment from a hearing care professional immediately, and 2) make any necessary lifestyle changes to protect your hearing.  Decisions around your hearing health are critical and cannot be procrastinated. 
 
In case you’re wondering, Axl Rose, front man for Guns N’ Roses, will finish the tour with AC/DC as the band’s substitute lead singer.  Johnson makes it clear that he is not retiring from the band or the music industry all together:
 
"My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that.  For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances."
 
CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator