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