Huey Lewis Opens Up About his Dramatic and Career-Altering Hearing Loss— “I Might Sing Again”

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It was 2018 when music legend Huey Lewis came to fans with the devastating news that not only did he have to cancel his scheduled 2018 tour with his band Huey Lewis and the News, but that he also was suffering from a hearing loss that might ultimately end his singing career.

But in true Huey fashion, he’s trying his best to keep his spirits up.

During an interview with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday (Feb. 13,) Lewis spoke of his current condition when it comes to his hearing.

“I might sing again,” he noted. “But I don’t know that yet. I haven’t been able to stabilize long enough. But that’s the object.”


In another interview with Kimmel on Wednesday (Feb. 12) at the Grammy Museum, he touched on how his ability to hear fluctuates with each passing day.

“It’s bad today,” said Lewis, who released his bands new video for the song “Her Love Is Killin’ Me” this week. “I go [on a scale of] one to 10, and I’m a two and a half today. A six is as good as I’ve been since my hearing collapsed two years and a month ago. So the prognosis, they don’t know,” he added. “There’s still stuff I’m trying, but unfortunately since Dec. 12, I was like a four or five for a handful of days, but the rest of the time I’ve been less than a three.”

So, will he ever go back to music?

“We really don’t know,” he said. “I thought I was kind of getting better for a while. I was a six for nine weeks until Dec. 12. And as a six with my hearing aids, I’m pretty good … [I] could maybe even sing. I don’t know that, but I haven’t been able to figure it out because as soon as I’m booking a rehearsal, my hearing crashes.”

In light of his hearing issues, Lewis also touched on the possibility of him returning to acting.

“I enjoy acting,” says Lewis, who had roles in movies such as Back to the Future and television shows such as Hot in Cleveland.  “Unfortunately, I don’t get a lot of parts because I’m a singer, not an actor — they go to real actors, but I really enjoy it, and if I can’t sing, I need to be creative somehow, so why not?”