Despite being seven-time Grammy Award winners, the world-renowned band Coldplay plays a style of music that has been debated consistently since the bands inception in 1996 and is officially categorized as "rock".
Fans would be hard pressed though to name a song that is actually loud, a trait often associated with rock music. Indeed, frontman Chris Martin once declared Coldplay's music as "limestone rock" in comparison to "hard rock".
As lead singer, pianist and rhythm guitarist, Martin recently brought huge media attention to the condition of tinnitus when he admitted he has been a sufferer for more than 10 years.
Martin, now 35, was warned by doctors that his music career may come to an end because of the ringing in his ears and the terrible headaches he was experiencing as a result of the condition.
The musician, who blames his condition on listening to loud music when he was a teenager, has taken steps to protect his hearing since being diagnosed with tinnitus.
“Looking after your ears is unfortunately something you don't think about until there's a problem. I've had tinnitus for about 10 years, and since I started protecting my ears it hasn't got any worse (touch wood). But I wish I'd thought about it earlier. Now we always use moulded filter plugs, or in-ear monitors, to try and protect our ears,” Martin said in an interview.
Martin also takes steps to protect his family’s hearing and is adamant that his two young children Apple (eight) and Moses (six) are not exposed to loud music. He ensures that they wear children’s headphones where necessary.
Recently, Martin became a key supporter of the Loud Music campaign, instigated by Action on Hearing Loss (the new name for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People) in the United Kingdom. The campaign is geared towards educating the public about hearing loss due to loud music so that they can then make informed choices about protecting their hearing.
To read more about the Loud Music campaign click here.
In Canada, Coldplay fans can follow Martin's advice and take steps to protect their hearing health. One way to do so is by getting a complimentary hearing test at one of the more than 120 Connect Hearing clinics across the country.