Wednesday 25 January 2017

Louis Walsh fears boyband fans screaming made him deaf- 'I couldn’t hear what Simon and Cheryl were saying'

Published 28/02/2016 | 10:35

Louis Walsh sought medical advice after X Factor judges ribbed him for not hearing what they were saying
Louis Walsh sought medical advice after X Factor judges ribbed him for not hearing what they were saying
Thinning: Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh has revealed his hearing has been irreparably damaged and he fears he is going deaf.

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A life-time of screaming girls and loud speakers has taken its toll on Louis who will eventually need a hearing aid.

In an interview with the Irish Mail on Sunday, the 63-year-old  Mayo man told how he began to notice he struggling to hear things at X Factor auditions.

“There was somebody singing, four panellists and a big crowd of 2,000 people shouting behind us.

Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh

“I was sometimes struggling to hear the acts and once or twice I couldn’t hear what Simon and Cheryl were saying to me. I was trying to look at them because when I could see their faces I was able to lip read. I could always hear Mel though!”

Louis sought professional help and an audiologist confirmed his fears.

Exposure to loud concerts and shows has resulted in damaged hearing.

He explained his long career in the music industry had resulted in him coming to the terms with the fact that he will need a hearing aid.

Louis Walsh. Photo: David Conachy
Louis Walsh. Photo: David Conachy

“When I was managing Boyzone and Westlife there were screaming girls every night. If there wasn’t a high-piched screaming, it was a bad gig. I got used to it”, he said.

Louis’ main concern now is how his frenemy Simon Cowell will react to the news.

“I know Simon will really take the mickey out of me for this but I’m sure my ears are as good as his. He’s getting old too.”

Louis Walsh with a picture of his younger self. Photo: Naomi Gaffey.
Louis Walsh with a picture of his younger self. Photo: Naomi Gaffey.

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