House music Dj Lil Louis has suffered potentially permanent and career-shattering hearing loss after receiving a blast in his ear from a powerful air horn.
The French Kiss hitmaker, real name Louis Sims, cancelled a gig in Manchester, England over the weekend (24-25Jan15) after a 'Co2 cannon blaster machine' was sounded close to his head.
He was later hospitalised with sound induced hearing loss and an an ear specialist prescribed steroids, which have left him bedridden.
Louis is also due to undergo tests to determine if the damage is permanent, and tells fans in a post on his Facebook.com profile, "This idiot... decided to show off a new toy (a very powerful Co2 cannon blaster machine), which seemed 12 inches from my left ear. As he shot it, the compressed air that blasted out of the cannon was louder and more shrill than anything I'd ever heard. It hurt so bad, I jumped in the air and screamed.
"The pain was followed by an intense ringing and muffled silence... I was taken to the hospital, where I spent the night being passed around a bevy of doctors including an Ent (ear nose and throat) specialist. I was diagnosed with Sihl (sound induced hearing loss), a permanent hearing loss, and given a strong steroid medication. I haven't been able to easily walk straight (my equilibrium is off), so I can't work out, hold down food, and I'm nauseous and lightheaded.
"I am f**king upset, because this idiot, (a manager no less) should have known better. And not only did he prevent me from playing for you, he may have ended my career as a Dj and Artist."
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