Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath has revealed that he’s going deaf, and he’s unsure how long he can continue performing.
He said, quote, “I’m deaf now . . . It’s years and years of being on the road and being two feet in front of symbols and drums.
“High frequencies I can’t hear anymore. I’ll be listening to people and they’ll tell me their names and I can’t hear anymore. It’s scary because my job is hearing.”
Mark is working with specialists to try to slow the hearing loss . . . but he isn’t listening to them as much as he should be. For starters, he doesn’t like to wear anything to protect his ears during shows.
He said, quote, “Fortunately for the new generation, they have in-ear [monitors] . . . I’m dumb enough not to use them though. I still need the sight, sounds, and smells of a concert and that includes the auditory part, but unfortunately, mine’s going.”
Mark said he’s also dealing with knee and back problems.