TOKYO (AFP) — Japanese pop princess Ayumi Hamasaki has revealed she has gone deaf in her left ear, but has vowed to continue her career and go ahead with an upcoming tour of Asia.
The 29-year old, who is Japan’s top-selling singer with 28 number-one hits and nearly 50 million albums sold, wrote on her blog that her left ear “doesn’t work anymore” and that it was inoperable.
She has known of her condition since going in for an ear check last year, according to her website.
Hamasaki, better known as “Ayu” with a large fanbase in Asia, is believed to be suffering tinnitus, which involves a ringing in the ear that can be caused by constant exposure to sound.
Tinnitus is the same condition that afflicted Ludwig van Beethoven, the famously deaf German composer.
Source: AFP – JPop Princess Going Deaf