“I became completely deaf”: Vic Reeves reveals he lost hearing in his left ear after developing a benign brain tumor that cannot be removed
Vic Reeves has revealed that he became “completely deaf” in his left ear after developing a benign tumor.
The comedian, 62, told how he developed vestibular schwannoma, a non-cancerous brain tumor that grows slowly over many years and does not spread to other parts of the body.
Speaking to the Adam Buxton podcast, he said: “I have what is called a vestibular schwannoma. It’s a tumor in my head. I have gone completely deaf, one hundred percent deaf, in my ear. left He will never come back.
Health: Vic Reeves revealed he went ‘completely deaf’ in his left ear after developing a benign tumor (pictured in 2019)
“It’s the size of a grape. They just have to keep an eye on it. It is benign. They can’t take it off. They can reduce it or just monitor it, and that’s what they do.
“I’d rather hear no, but it happened, so keep going, didn’t it.” I got used to it.
Describing his hearing loss, Vic, real name James Roderick Moir, said if a car is approaching he cannot tell exactly where it is coming from.
He explained, “I like going out for bird watching and I never know where the birds are. I can hear them but I don’t know which way they are. If an airplane is flying over or a car is approaching, I don’t know where it is.
Benign: The comedian, 62, told how he developed vestibular schwannoma, a non-cancerous brain tumor that grows slowly over many years and does not spread to other parts of the body
“I had to throw out all my stereo vinyls. It’s absolutely dead. Faded away.
“Between your eardrum and your brain there is a nerve. And it takes all the information from your ear to your brain. And the tumor is right in between.
“So it’s gone ping and broken.” And you can’t reattach the nerves. Not at this stage of medical science anyway. But in the future? The week after I die, there will probably be some good news.
Vic also said, “My father died of prostate cancer. And about a year later he would have lived. I live with deafness. Can you imagine a life without stereo recordings?
He said, “I have what’s called a vestibular schwannoma. It’s a tumor in my head. I became completely deaf, one hundred percent deaf, in my left ear. He will never come back ‘
“I won’t hear Jimi Hendrix do If Six Was Nine again. It goes all over the place. I thought it was great when the stereo first came along.
“Like we have a new toy and put it all over every record. I only have Frank Ifield in mono left.
Vic is best known for his double act Vic and Bob with Bob Mortimer.
The comedian is married to his wife Nancy Sorrell and the couple share 14-year-old twins Elizabeth and Nell.
She is also the mother-in-law of her two children from her previous marriage to Sarah Vincent.
Family: Vic is married to wife Nancy Sorrell and the couple share 14-year-old twins Elizabeth and Nell (pictured together in 2019)
What is vestibular schwannoma?
Vestibular schwannoma is a type of non-cancerous brain tumor and is also known as acoustic neuroma.
This is a growth in the brain that usually grows slowly over several years and does not spread to other parts of the body.
Acoustic neuromas grow on the nerve used for hearing and balance, according to the NHS, and can cause both hearing loss and instability
They can be serious if they get large but are usually picked up and processed before this stage.
They tend to affect adults between the ages of 30 and 60 and usually have no obvious cause.
Symptoms include hearing loss, hearing sounds coming from inside the body (tinnitus) and dizziness.