Black Eyed Pea’s Will.I.Am admits he suffers from tinnitus

December 7, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am has revealed he suffers from tinnitus.

Black Eyed Pea’s Will.I.Am admits he suffers from tinnitus

The painful hearing condition causes sufferers to experience a constant ringing in their ears, meaning they can never hear silence. It can vary in severity from a light buzz to a noise as loud as a plane going over head.

It is caused by exposure to loud music and affects many musicians. In some cases it can lead to complete deafness.

Will.I.Am told The Sun: “I don’t know what silence sounds like any more. Music is the only thing which eases my pain.

“I can’t be still. Work calms me down. I can’t be quiet as that’s when I notice the ringing in my ears… I don’t know how long I’ve had this but it’s gradually got worse.”

The 35-year-old rapper will be pleased to hear that a host of indie musicians, including Pete Doherty, are clubbing together to help out tinnitus sufferers this week.

The all-star ‘supergroup’ are recording a cover of John Cage’s silent composition 4’33”, with proceeds from the single going to charities including The British Tinnitus Association.

Will.I.Am also told The Sun that he is a huge fan of pal Cheryl Cole’s show X Factor, which he has appeared on as both guest mentor and performer this season.

He said: “I love X Factor. I’m backing Cher Lloyd to win and would definitely sign her. She’s unique and it took a unique person to choose her.

“You’d think Rebecca was hanging out with Marvin Gaye everyday, she has so much soul. I would love to work with both of them. If I was starting off and went on that show, I’d never make it through as the talent is of such a high standard.”

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  1. Hopefully Will.I.Am
    could recover from tinnitus that he is suffering now. Not only him who
    is suffering with condition but there are so many of them all over the world.
    Treating of this ailment takes time but patient should have patience to treat

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