81-Year-Old Paul Simon Experienced Sudden Hearing Loss While Recording His Latest Album

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Iconic musician Paul Simon is currently promoting his latest album called Seven Psalms, a work of art meant to be listened to as one continuous piece. Unfortunately, while recording the highly-anticipated album, Simon started noticing some hearing loss in his left ear. This could shape the end of his career and tours for the 81-year-old.

Simon opened up to The Times about his health issues and said, “Quite suddenly I lost most of the hearing in my left ear, and nobody has an explanation for it. So everything became more difficult. My reaction to that was frustration and annoyance; not quite anger yet, because I thought it would pass, it would repair itself.” As of now, he is still experiencing the hearing loss.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - AUGUST 28: Artist Paul Simon arrives for the Polar Music Prize at Konserthuset on August 28, 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden

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Simon has not toured since his 2018 Homeward Bound Tour and has no plans to head out on the road again soon unless the hearing loss repairs itself. He doesn’t think it is such an awful thing as he admitted that he is sick of singing certain popular songs live.

While he revealed that along with the hearing loss, he suffered a particularly brutal case of COVID-19, he still has a sunny outlook. Simon added, “Boy, have I been beaten up in these last couple of years. But I look good, right?” Yes, he does!

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Paul Simon performs live on the pyramid stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to attend, has grown into Europe's largest music festival attracting more than 175,000 people over five days

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Seven Psalms is out now and is a 33-minute, seven-movement piece that is meant to be different from the traditional album. One of the songs, “Wait” opens up about the concept of death, something that Simon had to face after an accident. Click here to listen to the album or purchase it on vinyl or CD. Fans are already calling it one of his greatest masterpieces, and he said the idea came to him in a dream. Wow! Once you listen, tell us what your favorite song is!

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