Huey Lewis leans on family to cope with his hearing loss
American rock icon Huey Lewis was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, a condition that affects the inner ear and causes hearing loss in 2018.
Being a musician, the condition was especially hard for him. But thanks to his family and fans, he has not lost hope of getting better.
In the aftermath of his diagnosis, his family has been his most powerful support system and the reason he has coped well with his illness.
His Kids Took Care Of Him After His Diagnosis
In an interview with The Big Issue, he revealed that his two children supported and helped him get through the illness. In fact, he said that his son became his best friend and had been looking after him diligently.
Further, he confessed that even though it is a severe condition to deal with, he is still grateful because there are worse off people than him. Moreover, his fans have been incredibly supportive, which is all an artist can ask for.
His Separation From Wife And An Alleged Girlfriend
Lewis got married to Sidney Conroy in 1983. It wasn’t a lasting marriage as they broke it off just six years after getting married. Their relationship ended amicably, so much so that he considers they are “still pals.”
Further, he admitted the reason for their separation - When he was at the peak of his career; he was absent from home for extended periods. This resulted in Conroy having to take care of everything at home, including their two children.
Huey Lewis with former wife at The Schoenfeld Theatre in 2016 (Source: Getty Images)
Lewis might have also been in a relationship with Connie Hamzy. This rumor began when the interviewer asked Hamzy about her encounter with Lewis, to which she replied to “Proceed with caution.” However, this piece of information has never been accepted or denied by him.
Diagnosed With Meniere’s Disease
In January 2018, he was in Dallas for a gig with his band. Suddenly, while putting on his in-ear monitor, he realized he couldn’t hear anything. After this incident, he was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease.
Because of this condition, his hearing fluctuates periodically. Usually, on a scale of 1 to 10, his hearing is between 3 and 6. Below 3, he cannot hear anything. On good days though, his hearing gets better, sometimes for weeks, so he is still hopeful that things might turn around for the better.
Even though he was diagnosed in 2018, he first faced the hearing problem way back in 1987, when he was at the peak of his career. At the time, he was giving hit songs such as ‘Doing It All for My Baby’ and ‘Hip to Be Square.’ One day, randomly, he could hear nothing in his right ear as though he had been swimming in a pool. The doctors just told him to get used to it. He eventually lost hearing from his left ear too.
His Latest Album Might Be His Last Album
In Feb 2020, he revealed that his latest album might be his last album since his hearing has been debilitating.
I'm hoping to recover my hearing so we can get the band back together and play live, but can't right now, and I can't tell you that I'm certain that I ever will again. In the meantime, I'm staying as creative as I can."
He is unable to sing to the music; however, he remains hopeful of returning to the stage.