AC/DC's Brian Johnson Optimistic About Hearing Loss After Meeting With Specialist

Brian Johnson
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Brian Johnson onstage in the Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany on May 19, 2015. 

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has been sidelined from the iconic band's Rock or Bust tour due to serious hearing loss, but has now shared some positive news about his condition. 

Johnson has met with in-ear technology specialist Stephen Ambrose for treatment that he is hopefully will improve is hearing issues, Rolling Stone reports. Johnson said Ambrose's ADEL hearing technology -- which absorbs harmful pneumatic pressures inside your ear canal -- works and has hope it could help restore hearing to his everyday life as well as performances down the line. 

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"It works. It just totally works and you can't argue with that," the singer said in a statement. "I was really moved and amazed to be able to hear music again like I haven't heard for several years now. I can't wait for it to be miniaturized so I can use it in every situation from normal communication, going out to noisy restaurants, [and] performing live music onstage."

Ambrose is the creator of the wireless in-ear monitor over 40 years ago and is widely used today. When he discovered that his invention was causing damage to people's hearings, he began working with scientists to improve the in-ear monitor and make them safer. 

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He reached out to Johnson with an open message on YouTube when he learned that the singer was threatened by "total hearing loss." 

Guns N' Roses singer Axle Rose has replaced Johnson on AC/DC's tour -- to many fans' disappointment, including Ambrose. 

"Brian, I introduced Guns N' Roses to in-ear monitors in 1990 and I'm a big fan of Axl Rose's voice, but let's be clear: I'm with Roger Daltrey on this, I really can't imagine anyone but you singing 'Back in Black,'" Ambrose said in the video.


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