Chris Martin: years of playing live has given me tinnitus
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has revealed that years of playing live has left him with tinnitus.
The singer said he had suffered from the condition, which can leave people with a buzzing or ringing in their ears, for about 10 years and had now started protecting his ears.
He said: ''I wish I'd thought about it earlier. Now we always use moulded filter plugs, or in-ear monitors, to try and protect our ears. You can use industrial headphones, but that looks strange at a party.''
Tinnitus – a problem usually affecting the over-55s – can result in permanent deafness if untreated.
The star has backed a campaign by Action On Hearing Loss about the potential danger of listening to loud music.
Rapper-turned-actor Plan B is also involved and said his tinnitus is so bad he is forced to sleep with earplugs.
He said: ''There's no doubt it's been caused by years of being on stage and subjected to very loud decibels of music.''
Martin believes that listening to blaring music as a teenager was the root cause and he wants others to avoid the same fate.
He said: “Looking after your ears is unfortunately something you don’t think about until there’s a problem. I wish I’d thought about it earlier.”
Martin, who is married to the actress Gwyneth Paltrow insists his two children, Apple, seven, and Moses, six, are never exposed to loud music.
During 2005’s Live 8 concert at Hyde Park in London, Apple was photographed wearing giant ear defenders.
Gary Numan, 54, also revealed he was no longer able to mix music after damaging his ears during the peak of his career.
It can happen when hair cells are damaged by exposure to loud noise so musicians are vulnerable.
Tinnitus is related to anxiety and when someone is feeling stressed tinnitus can seem louder.