Rockstar Huey Lewis Was Just Diagnosed With Meniere’s Disease

According to a story from, Huey Lewis, the front man and vocalist of the highly successful pop rock band Huey Lewis and the News, was recently diagnosed with Meniere’s disease. The diagnosis came after a Huey had to back out of a scheduled show in Dallas. Huey Lewis and the News were immensely popular during the 1980s and early 1990s. Huey is well known for his distinctive vocals on such hits as “Hip to Be a Square,” “The Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and “If This is It,” just to name a few.
Meniere’s disease is a disorder that affects the inner ear. It is characterized by symptoms such as vertigo, a sensation of fullness in the ear, ringing in the ears, and hearing loss. The disease progressively worsens over time, leading to total hearing loss; thankfully, the disorder usually affects only one ear, though both can become involved over time. The symptoms appear in pronounced episodes that last around twenty minutes, although hearing loss and ringing in the ears may eventually become constant. The disorder is linked to a buildup of endolymphatic fluid. Fatigue, stress, and high sodium intake may be potential triggers. Many common treatment approaches are not well supported by research; after about 15 years, the episodes tend to subside, but the person is left with poor balance, ear ringing, and hearing loss. To learn more about Meniere’s disease, click here.

Huey is currently 67 years old, which is later than typical for the disorder to develop. The diagnosis has been difficult for him, as it may severely affect is ability to sing, but he remains positive about his chances of recovery. For now, doctors have instructed him to avoid caffeine and reduce his sodium intake. Unfortunately, there is still little scientific evidence to support these measures.

Future treatments for Huey will depend on how is symptoms change and the overall course of his Meniere’s disease. Other approaches include medications to reduce the severity of symptoms, counseling to cope with the psychological discomfort that occurs with vertigo and hearing loss, physical therapy to help maintain balance, and surgery.

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