Rock legends Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins recently made their return to the Stern Show on Tuesday morning. They joined Howard and co-host Robin Quivers ahead of the Foo Fighters’ new supernatural horror flick “Studio 666.” During the conversation Grohl went on to discuss how he suffers from a hearing ailment.
Dave Grohl has hearing problems
As is the case with many musicians famous for rocking with the crowds, it turns out that Dave’s ears have paid the price and he can no longer hear quite as well as he used to. Here is what he said: “It’s not that bad,” he said. “I haven’t had them tested in a long time, [but] I know what [doctors would] say: ‘You have hearing damage, tinnitus—in your left ear more so than your right ear.’”
He went on to discuss the reasons of not wearing ear plugs during his shows. He said usage of ear plugs would refrain him from hearing the crowd. He said: “Some rockers wear ear plugs or other protective equipment, but Dave told Howard they’re not a good fit for him for several reasons. For starters, they make his onstage experience less immersive. “I want to be able to hear the audience in front of me, and I want to be able to turn around and hear Taylor right there,” he said, adding, “‘I’ve had the same monitor guy for 31 years. He’s in my head. So, even though I’m not using in-ear monitors, the sound on stage for me is perfect.”
While Dave’s ears have yet to fail him in concert or in the recording studio, he said the hearing damage does sometimes make social outings a little more difficult.