Huey Lewis and The News cancel all 2018 shows citing singer’s hearing problems

Singer Huey Lewis announced Friday that he and his band The News are canceling all of their scheduled 2018 because Lewis is suffering from severe hearing problems that make it impossible for him to sing.

“Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing,” Lewis said in a post on the band’s official website. “Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing. The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch.”

Among the dates canceled is a May 26 concert at Pala Casino Resort and Spa. Lewis and the News performed at Costa Mesa’s Pacific Amphitheatre last August.

Lewis said he has sought treatment at the House Ear Institute, the Stanford Ear Institute and the Mayo Clinic.

“The doctors believe I have Meniere’s disease and have agreed that I can’t perform until I improve,” Lewis said in his post.

Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that typically affects only one ear and can cause vertigo and fluctuating hearing loss and ultimately a permanent loss of hearing, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although it is a chronic condition, various treatments can relieve symptoms.

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