Indian playback singer Alka Yagnik shares rare 'hearing loss' diagnosis

Battle with condition began after viral attack

Entertainment Desk June 19, 2024

Renowned playback singer Alka Yagnik has opened up about her battle with a rare sensorineural hearing loss, a condition she developed following a viral attack. The singer, known for her melodious voice that has graced countless Bollywood tracks, shared her health update on Instagram, explaining her recent absence from the public eye.

"To all my fans, friends, followers and well-wishers," began the beloved crooner. "A few weeks ago, as I walked out of a flight, I suddenly felt I was not able to hear anything. Having mustered some courage in the weeks following the episode, I want to break my silence now for all my friends and well-wishers who have been asking me why I’m missing in action."

The singer continued, "It has been diagnosed by my [doctors] as a rare sensory neural nerve hearing loss, due to a viral attack...This sudden, major setback has caught me completely unaware. As I attempt to come to terms with it please keep me in your prayers."

She furthered, "For my fans and young colleagues, I would add a word of caution regarding exposure to very loud music and headphones. One day, I wish to share the health perils of my professional life. With all your love and support I am hoping to recalibrate my life and come back to you soon. Your support and understanding will mean the world to me in this critical hour."

As Yagnik navigates this difficult period, her fans and peers remain hopeful for her recovery and eagerly await her return to the music scene. Her courage in sharing her story has inspired many, underscoring the strength required to confront and cope with such personal and professional challenges.

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