During a recent concert, singer IU confessed she is currently receiving treatment for a hearing disorder. The singer states she has been struggling with the disorder for about a year.
The singer, who recently became the first woman solo singer to hold a concert at Jamsil’s Olympic Stadium in Seoul for her two-day concert, The Golden Hour, made the confession during her concert.
There is a slight problem with my ear, so I was very nervous while preparing for this concert.
In a documentary for the concert, IU is shown speaking about her disorder.
My ears are a little bad these days. My ears open on their own, so my hearing is similar to how you hear when yawning. When I hear myself sing, it becomes too loud and rings.
The documentary reveals that IU was recently diagnosed with Patulous Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. According to Hopkins Medicine, the disorder causes one to hear themselves too loudly, creating discomfort.
It is a disorder of the valve of the Eustachian tube that causes it to remain open. When the valve remains open, sound can travel from the nasal-sinus cavity to the ears, allowing you to hear your own voice or your own breathing too loudly, or even the sound of blood pumping.
— Hopkins Medicine
According to Hopkins Medicine, the disorder can be caused by weight loss, chronic neuromuscular or immunological disease, chronic nasal allergy, and a history of acid reflux disease. According to one recent news report, many who go on a strict disease face the risk of having the disorder.
IU revealed in the documentary that she felt the disorder was due to her anxiety.
When I’m anxious, there is a pressure that becomes greater when I sing, so my ears open more easily.
Despite the discomfort, IU was able to put on an amazing show for her fans.
IU’s two-day concert, The Golden Hour, took place at Jamsil’s Olympic Stadium on September 17-18. The concert marked the singer’s first in three years. Many celebrities were in attendance to watch one of Korea’s most beloved singers live. Check the link below if your favorite celebrity was in attendance.