In an interview with the British tabloid paper, The Sun, hip-hop producer, William Adams a,k.a “Will.i.am” of the famous rap group, The Black Eyed Peas, revealed that he suffers from tinnitus.
Will.i.am, 35, said in the interview, "I don’t know what silence sounds like any more. Music is the only thing which eases my pain.”
As a result, Will.i.am says that he works as much as he can, so that he can drown out the constant ringing in his ears. He said that his condition continues to worsen, but does not mention trying any specific therapies or treatments beyond continuing to work.
Will.i.am joins Pete Townsend of the rock band, “The Who.” Townsend has reportedly been suffering with tinnitus for many years now, but the condition not meant the end of his career. He performed most recently with The Who at the January 2010 Super Bowl half time show.
According to The Sun, Will.i.am has sold 28 million albums with The Black Eyed Peas as well as millions more from his work with Cheryl Cole, Rihanna, Usher and other noted pop and rap musicians.
SOURCE: Multple news stories and The Sun