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Friend of mine happened to run into him walking around one time. Talked to him for a bit. He definitely had hearing problems.
Was going to post the same thing about Paul. In regards to Ed, I recall an interview where he said he like to feel the hair on his arms move when he was in front of his amps.When I met Paul Gilbert, he told the story of when he met EVH at a studio and got to hear the VH tracks being developed for their then newest album in the control room at deafening volume. PG was too awestruck at meeting a hero that he didnt let on how bad it hurt. He mentioned that he had permanent hearing loss from that episode and wore headgear hearing protection on stage.
Oddly PG didnt mind playing at brutal volume in front of all of us that day. I sat in the back and left after the first song.
He reps for a hearing aid company these days.
Protect your hearing folks
Here is a youtube video of a guy who was in an opening band for Van Halen. He said there was a PA system pointed at the stage as loud as the PA out front....the VH boys loved the noise...no way they got by without some hearing issues....
Touring with Eddie Van Halen - Story Time - YouTube