Coldplay and the Black Eyed Peas are among the bands donating tracks for a new charity album to raise awareness of tinnitus. You can read more discussion on this story at the Coldplay forum now [thanks LdySpace]
A host of musicians, producers and DJs have pledged songs for I Am The One In Ten, which is being put together to raise funds for the British Tinnitus Association (BTA). All tracks on the album will be performed by artists who have tinnitus, including Chris Martin. Other big names set to feature include Embrace, Enter Shikari, DJ Fresh and Sub Focus. The album is the brainchild of DJ and producer Eddy Temple Morris, an ambassador for the BTA.
Eddy said: "I'm so happy that Chris Martin has given this his blessing. With Coldplay on board, at last we have a real chance to get through to Government now - this album could be a game-changer."
Eddy wants other music industry people with tinnitus to be involved with the project. Eddy said: "For this to be given the best possible chance, I need a record label to put this out. But for the idea to work, the label boss, or my contact there, has to have tinnitus. We've had several smaller labels offer their support, for which we are hugely grateful. What would be great is if somebody at a big record label sees this and pledges their support."
You may remember we reported back in May 2012 that Chris Martin has been suffering from tinnitus for a decade, according to various UK sources last year, including the Daily Mail, Mirror and the Huffington Post. You can read more discussion on this story at the Coldplay forum now [thanks lutzno]
Chris, who blames the painful ear condition on listening to loud music as a teenager, is warning youngsters to avoid the same fate. He said the ringing in his ears and headaches had stabilised since he started protecting his ears. After doctors warned him the tinnitus could end his musical career, he began wearing earplugs at concerts and when he is performing.
He said: "Looking after your ears is unfortunately something you don’t think about until there’s a problem. I’ve had tinnitus for about ten years, and since I started protecting my ears it hasn’t got any worse – touch wood. But I wish I’d thought about it earlier. Now [the band] always use moulded filter plugs, or in-ear monitors, to try to protect our ears. You can use industrial headphones, but that looks strange at a party."
Chris Martin now makes sure his children, Apple, seven, and Moses, six, are protected from loud music at all times. Apple was pictured wearing giant ear defenders at the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park in 2005. Chris is endorsing a campaign by Action On Hearing Loss – the new name for the RNID – to get people wearing earplugs at gigs and clubs. Fellow sufferers rapper Plan B and 80s popstar Gary Numan have also joined the campaign. Plan B, 28, said: "At first I thought it was trains rushing by as I live near a railway line. It’s caused by years of being subjected to loud music."
The condition is caused when hair cells in the ears are damaged by exposure to loud noise and cause a whistling, ringing or buzzing sound when there is none. Some sufferers hear a sound constantly, while for others it is intermittent. Gary Numan, 54, also revealed he was no longer able to mix music after damaging his ears during the peak of his career. He added: "I didn’t look after my ears and I’m in trouble."
Tinnitus is the perception of noise in the head or ears when there is no external source. Sufferers may hear it in one or both ears, in the head or somewhere above the head. The noise can be high, medium or low-pitched – whistling, ringing or buzzing. They may hear one noise or two noises and they can be continuous or come and go. Around half a million people have tinnitus serious enough to affect their quality of life. They have difficulty sleeping or it interferes with work and concentration.
It can happen when hair cells are damaged by exposure to loud noise so musicians are vulnerable. Tinnitus is related to anxiety and when someone is feeling stressed tinnitus can seem louder. Sufferers have good days and bad days. Some people find it difficult to adjust to living with the condition and should see their GP. Tinnitus isn’t a sign of something else but you should also get your hearing checked. Most importantly, avoid silence. Keep a radio on during the day or at night use a natural sound like waves on a beach. A ticking clock and relaxation exercises can also help.
Latest photos: of Chris Martin at Los Angeles airport (12 January 2013):
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