Hearing loss is a musician's worst nightmare--just ask Phil Collins. The famous singing drummer told Launch that his left eardrum was recently damaged, following a recording session in a Los Angeles studio for a potential love song collection.
"At the end of the week, when we'd finished, I went back to this hotel with my daughter and Orianne, my wife. And suddenly...sfwhoosh...this ear just closed up and I thought it was water in it or something. Hoping that, and about an hour or so later it came back. And then it went again and it came back and went again. And then it went and it stayed, y'know it just stayed gone, and I gave it a month or two, thinking, as kind of, my kind of way of dealing with medical problems is, 'It'll go away.'"
However, the problem did not go away and Collins was forced to consult a physician. "So I went to the doctor and had an audiogram and he said, 'What you have is what we call sudden deafness and there's nothing we know about it really, you're just going to have to wait 'til it comes back.' So I went to get a second opinion and that person agreed; and I went to get a third opinion, and that person said, 'There's nothing we can do, it will either come back or it won't.' And I went to the House Ear Institute here in L.A., and saw a professor; he said, 'How long has it been?' And I told him and he said, 'Well, chances are slim, but it still may come back.'"
Collins did recover much of the hearing in his left ear, but is now understandably wary with plans to not undergo any more extensive touring.
His new Atlantic album, Testify, hits stores on November 12.
© Launch, by Darryl Morden