As a musician, who would not want to be included in this list: Beethoven, Chris Martin, Bono, Eric Clapton, Ozzy Osbourne, Anthony Kiedis, Dan Pearce, Debonair, Brian Wilson, Grimes, Moby, Pete Townsend, KT Tunstall, Lars Ulrich, Will.i.Am, James Hetfield, Steve Martin, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Laid Back Luke….
Well, maybe not. They have a common condition. They all suffer from tinnitus.
Tinnitus is the experience of sound when an external source is absent, primarily associated with hearing loss and noise exposure. Tinnitus affects as much as 15 percent of the world’s population and about one third of these sufferers are disturbed by the condition to the point that they must seek medical help. Tinnitus has a huge economic impact on society.
The TinnitusFree Foundation is launching a study to determine the scale and impact of tinnitus amongst music creators. The risk of developing tinnitus amongst music creators is greater than that amongst the general population, because of their exposure to noise. The findings of this research can help shape advocacy of this problem and support for musicians, from music rights organizations, musicians unions, sound companies, governments, the medical profession and insurance and health care industry.
This research has been created with the help of: Prof. Dr. Katja Ehrenberg (Professor at Psychology School Hochschule Fresenius), Alexander Beets (Fontys Rockacademy), Ioan Kaes (AEPO-ARTIS) and Dr. Georgina Burns-O’Connell (formerly at the British Tinnitus Association). We kindly thank www.bylex.com for running this research on their platform.