Vic Reeves: Brain growth has left me deaf in one ear
- Bang Showbiz
- 27 September 2021
Comedian Vic Reeves has been left deaf in his left ear by a vestibular schwannoma, a non-removable growth in his head
Vic Reeves has been left permanently deaf in one ear by an inoperable tumour in his head.
The 62-year-old comedian is living with a vestibular schwannoma, a non-removable growth which requires him to have regular MRI scans to check its size and has permanently destroyed the hearing in his left ear.
Appearing on 'The Adam Buxton Podcast', he said: "I've got a vestibular schwannoma – it's a tumour in my head.
"I've gone completely deaf, 100 per cent deaf, in the left ear, and it will never come back. It's dead – absolutely completely gone.
"It's like the size of a grape so they just have to keep an eye on it.
"It's benign. They can't remove it – they can shrink it or they can leave it and keep an eye on it, and that's what they're doing.
"The eardrum and your brain, there's a nerve and that takes all the information from your ear to your brain and the tumour is right in between the nerve, so it's gone ping and snapped it and you can't reattach nerves.
"I’d rather hear than not, but it’s happened so you just get on with it don’t you. I’ve got used to it.’"
Vestibular schwannomas are also known as acoustic neuromas and are very rare with just six per cent of brain tumours placed in that category.
The biggest problem the tumour has cause is that Vic is now no longer able to hear music in stereo.
He explained: "I had to throw away all me stereo LPs.
"I’m living with deafness. Can you imagine a life without stereo records? No more will I hear Jimi Hendrix doing 'If Six Was Nine'. It goes all over the place. I thought it was great when stereo first happened. Like we had a new toy and put it all over every record. All I’ve got left now is Frank Ifield on mono."
Vic – who achieved a UK number one single 'Dizzy' with The Wonder Stuff – also has had another of his favourite hobbies, bird watching, ruined by his condition.
The 'Shooting Stars' host said: "I like to go out bird watching and I never know where the birds are. I can hear them but I don’t know what direction they are. If an aeroplane flies over, or a car approaches, I don’t know where it is."