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AC/DC's Brian Johnson's hearing condition improving

By Yvette C. Hammett
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AC/DC's Brian Johnson's hearing condition improving
Brian Johnson, lead singer of AC/DC, salutes the crowd of 500,000 for their support at the SARS-relief concert 2003. Johnson is suffering from a hearing malady that has sidelined him from an AC/DC tour, but said new technology is working for him and he hopes to eventually return to the stage. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

HOLLYWOOD, June 7 (UPI) -- While a hearing condition has sidelined AC/DC's Brian Johnson from the Australian band's current tour, he's reporting that his treatment is going well.

He is trying Stephen Abrose's ADEL hearing technology and reports "It works."

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"I was really moved and amazed to be able to hear music again like I haven't heard for several years now," Johnson said. "I can't wait for it to be miniaturized so I can use it in every situation from normal communication, going out to noisy restaurants, to performing live music on stage," Entertainment reported.

Johnson has said previously that despite the severity of his hearing loss, he has no plans to retire. "My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that ... I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances. While the outcome is uncertain, my attitude is optimistic. Only time will tell."

For now, Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose has replaced Johnson on AC/DC's Rock or Bust World Tour. That tour kicks off in the U.S. Aug. 27 in North Carolina.

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Ambrose reached out to Johnson via YouTube after he revealed that his hearing issues were threatening him with total hearing loss, Rolling Stone reported.

Ambrose is the creator of a wireless in-ear monitor that acts like a synthetic eardrum to absorb harmful sound pressures.

"Brian, I introduced Guns N' Roses to in-ear monitors in 1990 and I'm a big fan of Axl Rose's voice, but let's be clear: I'm with Roger Daltrey on this, I really can't imagine anyone but you singing 'Back in Black,'" Ambrose said in the video.

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