David Grohl has revealed the impact years as a rock musician has taken on his hearing.


The Foo Fighters frontman explained that he can hear the music on stage and in the studio perfectly, but if someone is sitting next to him in a crowded restaurant he can’t hear a word they were saying.

The pandemic has made life more difficult for Grohl because everyone is wearing masks, and he has heavily relied on reading lips for a while.


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“I’ve been reading lips for like 20 years,” Grohl said in a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show.

When asked about getting his hearing tested, Grohl believes he already knows the diagnosis.

“I know what they are going to say: ‘You have hearing damage, tinnitus, in your left ear, more so than your right,” he replied. “My left ear is kind of worse than my right because of my snare drum and my stage monitor [being on that side] when I play the drums.”

Tinnitus is known for causing ringing in the ears and in an interview last September Grohl spoke about his experience with it.

“Oh my god, for the last 30 years,” he explained. “When I turn off the lights at night it’s like, ‘Eeeeeeeeeeee.'”

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