London: Singer Chris Martin has secretly been suffering from agonising ear condition tinnitus for a decade.
The Coldplay vocalist has a constant ringing sound in his ears, and says it can cause painful headaches. He blames the ailment on listening to loud music in his teens.
Martin is now forced to wear special earphones on stage to stop the condition getting any worse.
"I've had tinnitus for about 10 years, but since I started protecting my ears it hasn't got any worse," dailystar.co.uk quoted Martin as saying.
"The band use moulded filter plugs, or in-ear monitors. You can use industrial headphones but they look strange at a party," he said.
He wishes he had taken care in his childhood.
"Looking after your ears is unfortunately something you don't think about until there's a problem. I wish I'd thought about it earlier," Martin said.
He is now fronting a new campaign, Action on hearing Loss, alongside British rapper Plan B and Gary Numan, who also suffer from the ailment.