Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath Reveals He's Going Deaf
Mark McGrath has revealed that he is going deaf, and that it "absolutely" worries him.
The Sugar Ray frontman shared the news during an interview with Daily Mail TV, saying, "I’m deaf now. I cannot hear anymore." He said:
"It’s years and years of being on the road and being two feet in front of symbols and drums. So high frequencies I can’t hear anymore."
"I’ll be listening to people and they’ll tell me their names and I can’t hear anymore. It’s scary because my job is hearing," he went to say.
"Even Huey Lewis and the News has recently had to stop touring because of the ears," McGrath added, referring to how the ‘80s rocker before recently suffered a similar fate.
McGrath said that his doctors urged him to use in-ear monitors to protect his ears from further damage, but he did not heed their warnings. "Fortunately for the new generation, they have in-ears. I’m dumb enough not to use them though. I still need the sight sounds and smells of a concert and that includes the auditory part, but unfortunately, mine’s going," McGrath admitted.
"You can’t repair your hearing. Once it goes, it goes. You can hope to stop the damage. It’s absolutely a worry of mine," he continued. "I mean no one’s ever coming to hear a high C like a Mariah Carey show from me, thank God. So I’m slowly adding one in-ear at a time and taking efforts, but you’re right, it’s either pay me now, or pay me later."
McGrath, who is still currently touring and has live performances scheduled through the end of the year, explained that he’s been urged by audiologists to wear in ears, a type of hearing aid, while he continues to perform.
The former Celebrity Big Brother contestant went on to joke that he pursued music so he wouldn’t have to worry about his health, but his perspective has shifted in the past year. "It’s funny, I got into music and rock n’ roll not to worry about any of this: business, mindsets, health. I wanted to party, I’m in a band, that’s what you do," he said. "And then life catches up to you and reality happens and by the grace of God we became a band, also, I found myself running a multi-million dollar corporation."