Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Opens Up About His Hearing Loss

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl shared exclusive details about suffering from a hearing loss during his recent appearance on the Howard Stern Show. Also, the musician revealed the main reason behind not using in-ear monitors to protect his ears in his live concerts.

In-ear monitors are special devices commonly used by audio engineers, musicians, and audiophiles to hear mixes of vocals and instruments in live concerts and recording sessions. These devices can help reduce the overall sound and noises on stage and in audience, and help the musicians focus on the clarity of the mix. However, some of them didn’t want to use them for these reasons.

After years of being exposed to very loud music, some famous musicians have suffered and are still struggling with hearing loss. Therefore, they sometimes had to give a break to their stage performances to recover from it. On the other hand, others use in-ear monitors to reduce these exposures even though musicians know that they won’t hear their audience for the sake of protecting their hearing health.

However, Dave Grohl didn’t want to use this kind of monitor because he wanted to hear the audience and experience the real atmosphere during their live performances. This caused hearing loss and tinnitus in his left ear over the years, and the Foo Fighters lead singer added that he’s tried to use in-ear monitors, but he stopped using them when he couldn’t understand where he was on the stage. Then, Grohl shared his gratitude for the monitor engineer Ian Beveridge, with whom they have been working for 31 years, saying that the sound is perfect thanks to him.

Grohl said in his interview that:

“I know what they are going to say ‘You have hearing damage, tinnitus in your left ear more.’ So my left ear is kind of worse than my right because of my snare drum and stage monitor when I played the drums. I’ve tried the ear monitor thing a long time ago, and the problem that I have with it is it removes you from the natural atmosphere sound.

I want to hear the audience like in front of me, and I want to be able to turn around and hear Taylor right there, go over and hear Pat, and Chris like that. It messes with your spatial. You can’t even have an understanding of where you are on the stage. So, you know, that being said, I’ve had the same monitor guy that mixes my monitors for 31 years. I mean, the guy is like, he’s in my head. So even though I’m not using in-ear monitors, the sound on the stage for me is perfect because it’s been the same guy, Ian Beveridge for 31 years since Nirvana.”

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