Health health latest: The Voice judge’s painful condition – 7 symptoms to look out for, 43, is a founding member of The Black Eyed Peas and has produced music for some of the biggest artists in the World, such as Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber and U2. His career led him to his latest gig – a spot on the judging panel of ITV’s The Voice. But just a few years ago,, revealed he suffers from a condition called tinnitus.

Tinnitus is the medical name for hearing noises that aren’t caused by an outside source.

Ringing in the ears is one of the most notable symptoms.

“I can’t be still. Work calms me down,” he told The Sun in 2010.

“I can’t be quiet, as that’s when I notice the ringing in me ears.

“There’s always a beep there every day, all day, Like now. I don’t know exactly how long I’ve had this, but it’s gradually getting worse.”

While the condition has affected other musicians and how they perform in the past, such as The Who guitarist Pete Townshed, revealed the diagnosis has spurred him to make even more music.

He explained: “I don’t know what silence sounds like anymore.

“Music is the only thing which eases my pain.”

Tinnitus symptoms

There are seven signs of tinnitus to note, according to the NHS. All are related to sound in the ears.

They include:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Whooshing
  • Humming
  • Hissing
  • Throbbing
  • Music or singing

The health body advises to see a GP if you have tinnitus regularly or constantly, your tinnitus is getting worse, or your tinnitus is bothering you – for example, it’s affecting your sleep or concentration.

It adds: “Things you can try to ease tinnitus: try to relax- deep breathing or yoga may help.

“Follow tips for food sleep if your tinnitus affects it, and join a support group – talking to other people with tinnitus may help you cope

“Don’t have total silence – listening to soft music or sounds can distract you from the tinnitus.

“Don’t focus on it, as this can make it worse – hobbies and activities can help take your mind off it.”

Another TV star who has opened up about their health condition in the past is Coronation Street’s Bhavna Limbachia


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