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Rock legend Huey Lewis has been forced to cancel all scheduled 2018 performances, citing hearing loss as the reason.
Lewis, 67, took to social media this afternoon to break the news to his fans, revealing that he lost “most of” his hearing earlier this year prior to a show in Dallas. While he can still hear on the phone and in one on one conversations, it appears that Lewis can’t hear well enough to sing or find pitch, resulting in the cancellation of all 2018 dates for Huey Lewis and The News.
“Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing. Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing,” Lewis explains. He reveals a lengthy battle to find the source of his hearing loss, detailing trips to the House Ear Institute, the Stanford Ear Institute, and the Mayo Clinic, and doctors seem to agree on two things: that Huey can’t perform until his condition improves, and what the underlying is – a rare inner ear disorder.
“The doctors believe I have Meniere’s disease,” says Lewis. For those of you playing along at home, Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disease that typically affects one ear. This disease can cause pressure or pain in the ear, severe cases of dizziness or vertigo, hearing loss and a ringing or roaring noise, also known as tinnitus.
Huey isn’t the only musician to suffer from Meniere’s. Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams was forced to sideline his career for over two years after being diagnosed with Meniere’s disease a few years ago, and was quick to offer his support to Huey just minutes after the news broke.
“Good sir, you hang in there. Menieres is a tough ride at first. It’s confusing & hard to explain to others, as they cannot see it. BUT you will rise above it and be better than ever. Get well soon from a fellow musician with Menieres. X” wrote Adams.
This is rough. Our hearts go out to Huey Lewis – it’s never easy to be kept from what you love. We’re rooting for him every step of the way, and we’re anxiously awaiting the day he can get back to where he belongs: the stage.