Dave Grohl has been dealing with hearing loss for a long time.
In an appearance on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show”, the Foo Fighters frontman opened up about dealing with losing his hearing both on the stage and off.
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“If you were sitting next to me right here at dinner, I wouldn’t understand a f**king word you were saying to me the whole f**king time,” he explained. “There’s no way. In a crowded restaurant — that’s the worst.”
Recently, due to the pandemic, Grohl has had a harder time with his hearing thanks to people wearing masks.
“The worst thing about this pandemic s**t is people wearing masks,” he said. “I’ve been reading lips for, like, 20 years… I’m a rock musician. I’m f**king deaf. I can’t hear what you’re saying.”
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As for his work as a musician, Grohl explained how he has been getting by.
“When we go in to make a record, and we’re mixing an album, I can hear the slightest little things,” he said. “My ears are still tuned in to certain frequencies, and if I hear something out of tune or a cymbal that’s not bright enough or something like that. In the mix, I can f**king hear the minutiae of everything we had done to that song.”
Explaining why he performs without ear monitors onstage, Grohl said “The problem that I have with [ear monitors] is it removes you from the natural atmosphere sound. I wanna hear the audience in front of me… It messes with your spatial understanding of where you are onstage.”