Playing Loud Music Destroyed Queen’s Drummer’s Hearing

Playing loud music is a sure-fire way to damage one’s hearing and Queen’s band member Roger Taylor is evident of this.

The British rock drummer is now partially deaf and reliant on hearing aids after years of playing loud music crept up on him.

The 61-year-old musician has revealed for the first time about his dramatic hearing loss confirming that he has been diagnosed with a serious ear condition, after almost half a century of drumming.


He told the Sunday Express newspaper: “I guess it was inevitable and hardly surprising given what I’ve been doing for the past 40 years… The sound levels on stage were so loud with all that constant banging and smash, smash, smash; it did untold damage to the fine nerve endings in the inner ear, though it is worse in the left, which is the side of my snare drum and the monitor.”

Considered one of the most influential rock drummers of the 1970s and ‘80s, Taylor now has to wear a hearing aid in both ears. It was his wife Sarina Potgieter, who he has been with for six years, who first realised something was wrong and who encouraged him to seek medical help.

He added: “She was the one who kept pointing out that the TV volume was up too loud, though I could only just hear it. Then I kept missing out on dialogue in films and at dinner parties and social gatherings I couldn’t understand what people were saying. It felt strange and frustrating to a point where I was starting to lip-read. I realised my hearing wasn’t what it should be.”

According to The Sunday Times Rich List, he was worth a massive £65 million in 2009 so he can obviously afford to buy quality hearing aids; but you can too with Hearing Aid UK whether it is a siemens hearing aid you need or a phonak audeo you want.

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