Music and Hearing LossTinnitus is a condition where sufferers experience ringing in the ears when no external, physical noise is present. An estimated 10-15% of the United States adult population experiences tinnitus frequency. Around 5% say it affects their quality of life.

You’re not alone if you have tinnitus symptoms – and you can take control of your condition and enjoy all of life’s sounds!

For instance, Beethoven developed tinnitus by 1800, which made it hard for the classical musician to hear melodic tones and enjoy conversations. But even Beethoven didn’t let tinnitus stop him! He used hearing aids like ear horns and became more socially active.

While fame won’t stop the ringing of tinnitus, these three musicians who experience tinnitus have found ways to cope with their condition.


  1. Neil Young, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, kick-started his music career in the 1960s. He’s been vocal about his hearing loss and tinnitus, which shifted his music towards softer, gentler music in the 1990s.
  2. Ozzy Osbourne is a name virtually synonymous with loud music. In fact, the musician holds a Guinness world record for the longest crowd scream, which registered at over 105 decibels. It’s not surprising that Osbourne experiences tinnitus as “a constant WHEEEE!! noise in the ears.” Today, Osborne wears ear protection when he performs.
  3. Eric Clapton, a singer-songwriter and guitarist, attributes his tinnitus to his early days of performance. Clapton describes his tinnitus as “whistling all the time,” and he treats his mild symptoms with ear plugs.

If you develop tinnitus symptoms, your hearing healthcare provider can help. The audiologists at Universal Hearing Care urge you to make an appointment today. Call us at 818.345.3200 now!