Rick Astley reveals he suffers from hearing loss: 'It's a serious thing!'
Rick Astley has started wearing hearing aids as he re-records 1980s hit to encourage others to get checked out
Rick Astley has started wearing hearing aids.
The 57-year-old singer has spent his whole life "relying" on his ears but has noticed in recent years that his hearing has deteriorated so has re-recorded a version of his hit single 'Never Gonna Give You Up' with misheard lyrics to "break the stigma" of hearing loss.
Speaking on UK TV show 'This Morning', he said: "I'm doing a campaign with Specsavers but it's not about specs, it's about hearing. We want to take away the stigma of wearing hearing aids. No one thinks twice about wearing glasses. They just wanna move that forward and it means a lot to me because I've spend my whole life relying on my ears. I went to have my ears checked and I have noticed over the last few years that [music] has been too loud. So we re-recorded 'Never Gonna Give You Up' with misheard lyrics. It's been a fun adventure to be honest. I do now have hearing aids. I'm just getting on the journey of finding ot when is good to use them. It's usually in social situations.
The 80s legend went on to add that his hearing probably has been affected by his age but reiterated his point that hearing loss is stilla "serious thing" as he urged fans to get checked.
He said: I'm sure [my hearing] has been affected by my age but also because I've been around a lot of live music. We've done something fun with the 'Never Gonna Give You Up' thing but it is a serious thing for a lot of people and I think there is a stigma for not wanting to get checked."