Noel Gallagher Has Tinnitus
The condition is characterized by ringing in the ears even without any external sound. It affects several musicians with loud music causing damage over a number of years. These include Chris Martin of Coldplay and The Who’s Pete Townshend are sufferers.
Gallagher said that if playing guitar in Oasis was what gave him the condition then it was “worth it”.
He said: “I went for a brain scan. They did find it. I’ve got bizarre ringing in my ears. I think it’s just through playing guitar for the last 20 years so I had to sit in a tube in the hospital. It’s an accumulation of many things but I’ve had a bloody great time doing it all and if I do eventually die of brain disease it will have been worth it. The funny thing is they give you these headphones and I chose classical music. It came on and it was the exact music I play to my little kid when he goes to bed. I was in there for 25 minutes. It was horrible. I know what the results will be — ‘There is nothing wrong with you’. It’s another way of fleecing money out of you.“