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The Who’s Roger Daltrey admits he’s deaf, encourages fans to wear earplugs at gigs

Roger Daltrey deaf

Legendary singer Roger Daltrey, from British rock band ‘The Who’ has confessed that decades of loud music has left him with a hearing loss.

According to The Mirror, Daltrey spoke out to the crowd at a solo show at the Hard Rock Resort in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, first revealing his is deaf and then offering advice to his fans.

“The trouble with these ear things that I wear is that I am very, very deaf,” Daltrey said. “And I advise you all – all you rock-and-roll fans – take your f***ing earplugs to the gigs. If only we had known when we were young … we are lip-reading.”

The way Daltrey performs with his hearing loss now is much different than back in the day. When performing live, he uses a combination of in-ear monitors and lipreading to help follow the music.

Despite his hearing loss, he vowed that he won’t stop performing and hopes to continue playing music for many years to come.

“I am lucky to be doing what I do – so thank you,” the 74-year-old said.

Read more: How hearing rehabilitation can help deaf musician 

Hearing loss runs in the band

Daltrey isn’t the only member of The Who to admit to hearing loss.  Co-founder Pete Townsend also has hearing problems of his own. 

“Pete deafened himself in the recording studio’ because of this, it affected the performance as ‘he had to stand next to the speakers to hear anything,” Daltrey told the Daily Mail in 2011. “I don’t know what Pete will do. I don’t want to do a tour and have him end up completely deaf.” 

Read more: Why musicians should be more aware of hearing loss

Townsend wears hearing aids, although unlike Daltrey he links his hearing loss to listening to music through amplified headphones when he was younger, instead of loud concert music.

When playing acoustic guitar, Townsend surrounded himself with plexiglass to shield himself from the deafening volume of his fellow bandmates.

The two are among many famous musicians who have hearing loss, including Eric Clapton, Brian Johnson, Martin Kemp.

Read more: Eric Clapton becomes latest musician to admit he’s going deaf

Another reminder to protect your hearing at concerts

Concert venues can reach high enough decibel levels which can damage hearing. Taking Daltrey’s advice and wearing earplugs to a show is a great way to protect your hearing when at a concert.

If you’re not sure how loud it is when you are at a noisy venue, why not download the ‘Decibel 10’ free app? Did you know, anything higher than 75db is considered a dangerous level?

Read more: Who is at risk from noise-induced hearing loss?

It may not be ‘cool’ but you’ll thank people like Daltrey for raising awareness of noise-induced hearing loss and saving you from wearing hearing technologies in the future.

Do you wear earplugs when you go to a concert? Let us know in the comments.

Author Details
Ellie was born profoundly deaf, uses verbal communication, lipreads and wears Phonak Sky Q hearing aids. She is currently learning British Sign Language. Ellie hasn’t let her disability stand in the way and embraces every new challenge. Her deafness didn’t prevent her from achieving major accomplishments in her life, such as excelling in her education, previously working as a Marketing Executive and now as an Events Coordinator for a deaf organization, as well as blogging for Hearing Like Me. She is passionate about deaf awareness, campaigning for equality and helping others through her personal blog as Deafie Blogger.