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Is IE ok? A hearing impairment has fans worried about the future of the K-pop singer

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IU’s reveal makes her Olympic Stadium concert, where she made history as the first female K-pop idol, bittersweet

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: K-pop singer IU not only celebrated her 14th birthday, but also became the first female idol to hold a concert at Jamsil Olympic Stadium. With a seating capacity of 70,000, IU’s anniversary concert was also quite star-studded, with the likes of BTS and TWICE members in attendance. But in a documentary showing her usual concert preparation, IU’s hearing disorder seems to have returned.

Dubbed the “Nation’s Treasure,” IU made her debut at the tender age of 15. Her singing is unrivaled as she often experiments with a wide range of genres from ballads to pop rock. She is also a successful actress and walked the red carpet for her film ‘Broker’ at the Cannes Film Festival. But in a 2021 concert documentary, IU revealed she had a hearing impairment and often struggled as her anxiety affected her hearing.


IU suffers from a hearing impairment

At the “Golden Hour” concert, which took place on September 16th and 17th, IU confessed that her hearing loss had returned. “I have a little problem with my ear, so I was very nervous preparing for this concert,” she said. Fans were heartbroken as there were moments when IU was clearly struggling. They also recalled IU’s struggles when she had her ears checked on the 2021 documentary Pieces.

The singer said: “My ears are a bit bad these days. My ears open on their own, so I hear similar to yawning. When I hear myself sing it gets too loud and rings.” IU is diagnosed with Patulous Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. It can particularly affect a singer’s appeal as one’s voice is heard louder than normal. It also interferes with normal hearing, as one can hear one’s own breathing or blood pumping loudly. IU added that singing makes it worse. “When I’m anxious, the pressure increases when I sing, so my ears open more easily,” she said.

Fans think the reveal now makes the concert feel bittersweet. One fan said: “When I heard this, after knowing it, I heard from iu myself that her ear condition is back and not back to normal.” Another said, “It’s so painful to watch because you realize as she tries to hear the music and the notes well. One fan added: “Hearing My Sea after hearing IU’s ear condition is our little boy always working hard to give us the best show forever with 1U4ENA.”

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