KT Tunstall scraps 2021 tour dates over hearing loss fears

The singer, who is permanently deaf in one ear, is now suffering from tinnitus

KT Tunstall has pulled out of her upcoming live shows due to ongoing concerns about her hearing.

The singer, who is deaf in her left ear, says she has “experienced some issues” with tinnitus in her right ear – which is also how hearing loss in her left ear started.

“The decision to pull myself out of my Summer 2021 touring schedule has been an extremely difficult one to make,” wrote Tunstall on Twitter.

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“Playing live has been my life for the last 20 years, and is my deepest passion.

“Permanently losing 100% of my hearing in my left ear overnight whilst on tour in 2018 was an enormous shock, and the result of years of touring without adequate periods of rest, which caused an acute physical breakdown.”

She added: “My thoughts on touring so intensively and consecutively have made me question whether my remaining hearing will be able to handle it, and as a result I have decided that the only healthy way forward for me as a ‘live’ musician is to completely avoid lengthy back-to-back touring which causes inevitable exhaustion and stress.

“To move forward safely in my career, I must ensure that my touring schedule leaves adequate rest between smaller batches of shows.”

Tunstall said the decision to pull her scheduled dates with Hall & Oates had caused “regret and sadness”, but vowed to return for live shows next year.

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“I wish to play live and create music for the rest of my life, but to best ensure I will be able to do so, I must put my hearing health first as it could be the difference between being able to be a musician or not,” she said.

“I love you, thank you always for your support and understanding, and I hope to see you somewhere before too long!”

Earlier this year, Tunstall also delivered a fresh take on John Lennon’s ‘Gimme Some Truth’ for a new tribute album in aid of War Child to mark the Beatles icon’s 80th birthday.

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