Have you ever experienced ringing in your ears after you’ve attended a loud concert? Coldplay singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Martin has some good advice for you: Be sure to wear hearing protection. Martin has said that he has tinnitus. Tinnitus (you can say it two ways: “tuh-NIGHT-us” or “TIN-uh-tus”) is a feeling of ringing, roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing in your ears. It is often caused by exposing your ears to too much loud noise.
Martin started playing in a band while in middle school. As you may know, the band he later formed, Coldplay, went on to become world famous. By the time Martin was 25 years old, though, he had begun to experience headaches and ringing in his ears. Doctors warned him that his music career might be over if he didn’t protect his ears, so he now wears hearing protection when he plays with the band and attends concerts.
“Looking after your ears is unfortunately something you don’t think about until there’s a problem. I wish I’d thought about it earlier,” Martin said in an interview with the Daily Mirror.
Martin isn’t making the same mistake with his own young children, who have been photographed many times wearing hearing protection at concerts.