Singer songwriter loses hearing after rabies vaccination

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UK Singer Songwriter Rob Finlay is on a mission to record a new EP and spread the word about Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL), which he suffered following a rabies vaccination last year. Rob has set out to raise £4,000 on Indiegogo http://igg.me/at/half-heard.

I went straight to the doctors where they tested my hearing with a tuning fork, both air and bone tests confirmed that I had lost my hearing

Borehamwood, Hertfordshire: Singer Songwriter Rob Finlay hopes to raise awareness about SSHL and the affect it has had on his life including suffering from balance problems, depression and tinnitus. On his blog Rob describes what happened following the rabies vaccination “In the middle of the night I was awoken by screamingly loud tinnitus in my ear and by the morning the tinnitus had replaced my hearing and I was completely deaf in the ear. It was frightening and baffling. I went straight to the doctors where they tested my hearing with a tuning fork, both air and bone tests confirmed that I had lost my hearing”. Read the full account here http://www.robfinlay.co.uk/sudden-hearing-loss/.

There are only about 4,000 cases of SSHL every year in the United States, most commonly among people aged 30 to 60. Hearing loss due to a rabies vaccination is vey rare and St Mary’s Hospital in London who treated Rob are currently writing a case report due for submission to the British Medical Journal.

Rob now wears a custom built hearing aid, which he demonstrates in his crowd funding video: http://igg.me/at/half-heard. Rob says he wants to “encourage more people who are worried about the stigma around wearing a hearing aid to give it a go. I’ve grown as a writer and I believe the songs on this EP will make an even bigger impact and inspire people who have yet to come to terms with their own hearing loss.”

About: Rob spent 3 months touring the USA promoting his debut album “These Words Aren’t Meant For Me” which was featured by NME and BBC Introducing. He has performed at SXSW, Standon Calling and The Great Escape. Music videos can be viewed on his YouTube channel https://goo.gl/2H4qzx. Rob lives and works in Borehamwood in Hertfordshire. Contact Rob via email info(at)robfinlay(dot)co(dot)uk

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