Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath reveals that he's losing his hearing

Mark McGrath continues to tour with his band Sugar Ray, just as he did in the ‘90s, but these days he does it with a hearing problem.

The singer revealed to DailyMailTV that years of rock concerts have damaged his ability to hear the music he’s making or anything else. He’s working with specialists to slow down the hearing loss.

“It’s years and years of being on the road and being two feet in front of cymbals and drums. So high frequencies I can't hear anymore,” McGrath, 51, said after a gig at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. “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.”

The news outlet noted that after McGrath struggled to hear a question put to him, he said, “I'm deaf now. I cannot hear anymore.”

Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath out and about
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Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath out and about
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 08: Mark McGrath attends One Night for One Drop - Imagined by Cirque du Soleil and brought to you by Colgate at Hyde Bellagio at the Bellagio on March 08, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Colgate)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 25: Mark McGrath during the premiere of I LOVE THE '90sâ The Vegas Show At Paris Las Vegas on October 25, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 25: Mark McGrath arrives at the premiere of I LOVE THE '90sâ The Vegas Show At Paris Las Vegas on October 25, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 25: Recording artist and TV personality Mark McGrath attends the grand opening of 'SALT-N-PEPA'S I LOVE THE '90s - THE VEGAS SHOW' residency at The Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas on October 25, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
HOLMDEL, NJ - AUGUST 02: Mark McGrath performs on stage with Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins during their 30th Anniversary Performance at PNC Bank Arts Center on August 2, 2018 in Holmdel, New Jersey. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Mark McGrath watches warmups before the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Washington Redskins at State Farm Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: TV Personality Mark McGrath attends the 25th anniversary celebration of 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 10, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Musician Mark McGrath of the band Sugar Ray performs onstage during the Above Ground concert benefiting MusiCares at Belasco Theatre on April 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

McGrath apparently maintains enough of his hearing to keep performing, though. He said doctors have instructed him to wear in-ear devices, as many other artists do, to help protect himself when he takes the stage. So far, McGrath isn’t sold on the idea.

“Fortunately for the new generation, they have in-ears. I'm dumb enough not to use them though. I still need the [sights,] sounds and smells of a concert, and that includes the auditory part, but unfortunately, mine's going,” McGrath said.

The “When It’s Over” singer said he worries about his future, even though the whole reason he wanted to work in the entertainment industry to start with is to escape worries about business and health. He just wanted to party.

“As I get older, my health's going, I have knee problems, back problems. So I am working on the hearing now,” McGrath said. “It’s something that recently last year my doctor said, ‘You've got to step back a little bit,’ and the whole Huey Lewis thing has been a warning for all of this for sure.”

Lewis announced in April 2018 that he was canceling all future shows, including a scheduled tour, after being diagnosed with the inner ear disorder of Meniere’s disease. He couldn’t hear the music well enough to sing.

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