Veteran house producer and DJ Lil Louis may have been “permanently deafened” after someone allegedly blasted a CO2 cannon directly into his ear during a soundcheck at Sankeys nightclub in Manchester.
The DJ was forced to cancel the gig and seek immediate medical attention. In a post on his Facebook page, he detailed the incident that involved someone entering his booth and deciding “to show a new toy (a very powerful hog or horn machine), which seemed inches from my left ear.”
“As he shot it, the compressed air that blasted out was louder and more shrill than anything I’d ever heard,” Louis said. “It hurt so bad, I jumped in the air and screamed. The pain was followed by intense ringing and muffled silence. The left side of the room went dead and I couldn’t hear anything except that ring.”
The DJ explained that he was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with “sound induced hearing loss, a permanent hearing loss, and given strong medication.” He added that the incident may have ended his career, stating: “I haven’t been able to easily walk straight (my equilibrium is off), so I can’t work out, hold down food, and I’m nauseous and lightheaded.
“This is beyond my control, so I have to accept whatever comes. But I’m praying, because I’ve made the best album of my life, and want to give you that, the film, and the best DJing, which is still in front of me. Wish me luck.”