KT Tunstall has cancelled all her forthcoming live dates amid concerns about her ongoing hearing loss.
The singer, who is unable to hear in her left ear, made the announcement on Twitter after she “experienced some issues” with tinnitus in her right ear.
Tunstall tweeted: “The decision to pull myself out of my Summer 2021 touring schedule has been an extremely difficult one to make.”
“Playing live has been my life for the last 20 years, and is my deepest passion.
“Permanently losing 100% of my hearing in my left ear overnight whilst on tour in 2018 was an enormous shock, and the result of years of touring without adequate periods of rest, which caused an acute physical breakdown.”
She continued: “My thoughts on touring so intensively and consecutively have made me question whether my remaining hearing will be able to handle it, and as a result I have decided that the only healthy way forward for me as a ‘live’ musician is to completely avoid lengthy back-to-back touring which causes inevitable exhaustion and stress.
“To move forward safely in my career, I must ensure that my touring schedule leaves adequate rest between smaller batches of shows.”
KT said it was a tough decision pulling the shows with Hall & Oates which left her with “regret and sadness”
Tunstall became deaf in her left ear after she was diagnosed with tinnitus which has raised concerns she may now lose hearing in her right ear as well.
“I wish to play live and create music for the rest of my life, but to best ensure I will be able to do so, I must put my hearing health first as it could be the difference between being able to be a musician or not,” she said.
“I love you, thank you always for your support and understanding, and I hope to see you somewhere before too long!”
For information and advice on hearing loss visit the RNID website.
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