Sunday, 21 May 2017

Ayumi Hamasaki Reportedly Becomes Completely Deaf

Ayumi Hamasaki is losing the ability to hear out of her right ear. The singer previously can't hear out of her left hear, meaning she's soon deaf. 

A sad blog post was published on May 20th via the Team Ayu site. "I was told after various hearing tests that my right ear (which has been working overtime to compensate for the deafness of my left ear) is quickly weakening," she said.

Previously she's been experiencing vertigo and sickness, especially prevalent before the start of this year's tour. The symtoms including vomiting, not being able to walk in a straight line and crippling dizziness.

"I remember wondering how would I as a singer be able to cope with two useless ears. I was in the dark," she said.

Hamasaki caught a nasty ear infection in 2000, right in the middle of a tour. Despite doctors recommending rest and reducing exposure to loud noises, the singer refused to slow down - finishing the tour.

The hearing in her left ear slowly deteriorated and in 2008, doctors confirmed she was effectively deaf in that ear.

What this means for her career remains to be seen, but it seems unlikely she'll continue being an active singer. 

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