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Ayumi Hamasaki is Going Completely Deaf

Japan's best-selling solo artist Ayumi Hamasaki is about to go completely deaf. According to the 38-yr-old artist, her right ear has now begun to weaken. She was nauseous and had vertigo just before this year's concert tour.

"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 said.

"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"

With the possibility of becoming completely deaf, Hamasaki said she felt lost.

"I remember wondering how would I as a singer be able to cope with two useless ears. I was in the dark," she said.

Her ear condition stemmed from a cold she caught during her 2000 Act I concert tour. She continued touring after a few days in the hospital.

The doctors warned her to minimize exposure to loud noises, but she did not cancel or postpone until much later.

By 2008, she was completely deaf in her left ear. Even now, she vows to continue performing.

"The stage is where I belong. It's the only place I really, truly exist. I don't know anything else," she wrote, according to Japanese entertainment sites.

(Via JPopAsia)

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