Vic Reeves has a non-removable tumor in his head that has made him permanently deaf in one ear – persuading him to drop his stereo album.
The comedian said he would have to get regular MRI scans to check for the development, meaning he couldn’t tell where the cars were coming from when he partially heard them approaching.
The star of the Vic and Bob comedy duo said: “I’ve got a vestibular schwannoma – it’s a tumor in my head.
“I’ve gone completely deaf, 100 percent deaf, in the left ear, and it will never come back.
“It’s dead – absolutely completely gone.
“It’s the size of a grapefruit, so they just have to keep an eye on it.
“It’s benign. They can’t remove it — they can shrink it or they can leave it and keep an eye on it, and that’s what they’re doing.
Can you imagine life without stereo record – I won’t listen to Jimi Hendrix anymore
“The eardrum and your brain, there’s a nerve and that carries all the information from your ear to your brain and the tumor is in the middle of the nerve, so it’s gone ping and it’s broken and you can’t reconnect the nerves Huh.”
He said the hearing loss affected his hobby of bird watching, and also ruined his ability to enjoy music.
Vic, a keen musician who has had number one hits with Dizzy and number three with a re-work of The Monkees’ I’m a Believer, decided to get rid of his stereo record collection because the albums featured different genres. Different voices were coming. From all sides, so he could not appreciate them any more.
He particularly lamented how electric guitar solos – such as Jimi Hendrix’s on ‘If 6 Is 9’ – and drum solos that had switched from bass to treble sides would now be lost on him.
He said: “I had to throw away all my stereo LPs.
“I’m living with deafness. Can you imagine life without stereo records – I no longer listen to Jimi Hendrix, well the producer. If I was 6 years old he would go everywhere.
“I thought it was great stereo when it first happened. I only have Frank Iffield and mono left!”
Vic, 62, whose real name is Jim Moir, added: “Because I like to go out bird watching, I never know where the birds are because I can hear them, but I don’t know in which direction they are. are in.
“If an airplane flies or a car comes, I don’t know where it is.”
He told Adam Buxton on his podcast how he hated his MRI scans.
“The last time they put me in one I said ‘get me out of here quickly’,” he said. “I just couldn’t do it, so I had to pay for it, but they got my head what they wanted.”
A vestibular schwannoma usually grows slowly over several years.
Acoustic neuromas develop on the nerve used for hearing and balance, which can lead to loss of hearing as well as unsteadiness and a sensation of shaking or spinning.
They affect adults between the ages of 30 and 60 and usually have no obvious cause, although very few cases are the result of a genetic condition.
They can be serious if they become large and cause a life-threatening buildup of fluid on the brain, blurred or double vision, pain or weakness on one side of the face, and problems with limb coordination.
If they become dangerously large, surgery may be needed – but there is a risk involved.