Dave Grohl Opens Up About His Hearing Loss
“I haven’t had them tested in a long time — I mean, I know what they’re gonna say,” he answered when asked about having his ears checked by the doctor. “‘You have hearing damage tinnitus in your left ear, more so than your right ear.'”
He told Howard that it was challenging enough to hear other people in public places, but even more this pandemic. He revealed that wearing of mask took away his reliance on lip-reading.
“If you were sitting next to me right here at dinner, I wouldn’t understand a f—ing word you were saying to me, the whole f—ing time,” he explained to Howard. “There’s no way. In a crowded restaurant, that’s worse. That’s the worst thing about this pandemic s—, it’s like, people wearing masks. I’ve been reading lips for like, 20 years, so when someone comes up to me and they’re like [muffled noise], I’m like, ‘I’m a rock musician. I’m f—ing deaf, I can’t hear what you’re saying.”
Tinnitus and Refusal to Wear In-Ear Monitors
Dave also shared in the interview that he is suffering from a particular type of hearing loss called tinnitus. However, he mentioned that the tinnitus in his left ear is worse due to long years of drumming.