May 4, 2012 13:11

Coldplay's Chris Martin and Plan B admit they suffer from tinnitus

Singers speak out as a new campaign is launched to boost earplug use

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Coldplay singer Chris Martin and Plan B have both admitted that they suffer from tinnitus.

Tinnitus is a condition defined by sufferers hearing a permanent ringing or buzzing in their ears, often caused by exposure to loud noise. It can be accompanied by pain in the ears and a feeling of high pressure in the head.

The singers both spoke out about their condition as part of the launch of a new campaign to encourage people to wear earplugs when exposed to loud noises.

Martin revealed he began suffering from the condition when he was 25 and said he really regretted not protecting his ears more.

He said: "Looking after your ears is unfortunately something you don't think about until there's a problem. I've had tinnitus for about 10 years, and since I started protecting my ears it hasn't got any worse. But I wish I'd thought about it earlier."

Plan B also said that he'd been suffering with the condition for some time, adding: "If you're listening to music a lot, producing music or performing live, then always wear earplugs. You're not Superman! When I first developed it, I thought it was trains rushing by my house as I live near a railway line - it was really loud and an extremely high-pitched ringing in my ears. There's no doubt it's been caused by years of being on stage and subjected to very loud decibels of music."

Other musicians who have spoken out about their struggle with tinnitus in the past, include the Black Eyed Peas' mainman will.i.am, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and The Who's Pete Townshend.

The condition made tragic headlines last year when 52-year old
Robert McIndoe committed suicide because he was suffering from tinnitus for three months after watching a Them Crooked Vultures gig.

You can find out more about the campaign by visiting Actionhearingloss.org.uk.

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