A CHARITY tackling deafness says fears about the hearing of Doncaster boy band star Louis Tomlinson could help raise awareness of the problem.
The 20-year-old One Direction member revealed he fears he might be suffering from tinnitus because of noise from fans at live concerts.
A spokesman for the band later stressed his temporary loss of hearing in one ear had cleared up but all the band members now wear special ear-pieces on stage to prevent aural damage.
Louis said before he took to the stage at Liverpool’s Radio City Live: “I am going slightly deaf in my right ear. It’s tinnitus... something like that. All our fans are always very loud, especially Scousers.”
He has not been diagnosed with tinnitus but reportedly suffered from a three-day headache after the gig.
A source later said: “When Louis made his comments he had really bad earache. Thankfully, this has now cleared up but he knows to be careful in future.
“Screams during gigs have started affecting the boys on stage. They are only young and still developing, so management insist they wear hi-tech earpieces and filters to reduce the volume of the screaming and the music.”
Deafness Research chief executive Vivienne Michael said cases of tinnitus among the young were on the rise and it was ‘essential to alert people to the danger’.