As women, we should never take our health for granted, no matter our age. Fans of J-pop star Ayumi Hamasaki were saddened to hear recently that the 38-year-old diva is going completely deaf, according to a post on her blog Team Ayu last Saturday (May 20).
“I was told after various hearing tests that my right ear (which has been working overtime to compensate for the deafness of my left ear) is quickly weakening,” she wrote in Japanese. “I was experiencing crippling dizziness. I was unable to walk in a straight line, and was often vomiting in the restroom while at the rehearsal studio.”
Ayumi has been deaf in her left ear since 2008. In 2000, she caught a cold and ear infection and ignored her doctors’ advice to cut down exposure to loud noises, continuing her Act I concert tour.
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Text: Bauer/ Good Health, Additional Reporting: Shenielle Aloysis, Lisa Twang/ Photo: Ayumi Hamasaki, Facebook