Huey Lewis thanks fans for support following hearing loss diagnosis

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Huey Lewis thanks fans for support after hearing loss

Huey Lewis has thanked his “colleagues, friends and fans” for their support since he revealed last Friday that he has lost most of his hearing.

The singer-songwriter was forced to cancel all of his remaining live shows in 2018 with his band The News as doctors believe he is suffering from Meniere’s disease, an inner ear disorder.

This weekend, Lewis took to Twitter to voice his gratitude for the response he has received after announcing the sad news, writing: “The response from my colleagues, friends and fans has been truly overwhelming.

“And extremely heartening. It helps me to focus on improving, and finding a way to sing again. Thanks to everyone.”

The 67-year-old announced that he has lost most of his hearing in a statement released on the band’s website and official Twitter page on April 13, which read: “Two-and-a-half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing.

“Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing. The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch.

“I’ve been to the House Ear Institute, the Stanford Ear Institute, and the Mayo Clinic, hoping to find an answer. The doctors believe I have Meniere’s disease and have agreed that I can’t perform until I improve.

“Therefore the only prudent thing to do is to cancel all future shows. Needless to say, I feel horrible about this, and wish to sincerely apologise to all the fans who’ve already bought tickets and were planning to come see us. I’m going to concentrate on getting better, and hope that one day soon I’ll be able to perform again.” 

Huey Lewis and The News have sold over 30m albums with hits including The Power of Love, Stuck with You and Hip to Be Square.

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