Huey Lewis shared the bad news Friday: He's canceling all of his 2018
performances because he can't hear properly due to Meniere's disease.
“Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most
of my hearing,” Lewis said on the Huey Lewis and the News band Twitter
account. “I can’t hear music well enough to sing. The lower
frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch.”
Lewis, 67, said he's been to several major ear specialists, including
the Mayo Clinic, looking for answers. He said his doctors believe he
has Meniere's disease, a chronic condition of the inner ear for which
there is no cure.
"The doctors...have agreed that I can't perform until I improve," he
wrote in the tweet. "Therefore the only prudent thing to do is to
cancel all future shows. Needless to say I feel horrible about this."
He apologized and promised to concentrate on getting better. He said
he hoped that "one day soon I'll be able to perform again."
According to online websites on ear diseases, Meniere's can cause
pressure or pain in the ear, severe cases of dizziness or vertigo,
hearing loss and a ringing or roaring noise known as tinnitus.
People with Meniere's will have sudden dizzy spells after experiencing
tinnitus or muffled hearing, although symptoms can vary. Some people
will experience many attacks over a period of several days, and others
will have an isolated attack every once in awhile.
It's a somewhat mysterious condition, often the result of a viral
infection. Most people suffer hearing loss in only one ear, and if
it's caught early it can be treated.
Other musicians and singers who have experienced the disease include
Ryan Adams, who was forced to take a two-year break from music
starting in 2009 due to the disease, Broadway musical superstar
Kristin Chenoweth, and rapper Foxy Brown, who talked about it to
People in 2005.
“I have been deaf for four months,” said Brown, then 26, whose real
name is Inga Marchand. She said she regretted not acting sooner when
she felt her hearing “slipping away,” and sought to help others by
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