AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON To Meet Creator Of In-Ear Device About Helping Him Get Back To Performing

AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON To Meet Creator Of In-Ear Device About Helping Him Get Back To Performing

Brian Johnson has agreed to meet with Stephen Ambrose, the head of in-ear monitor makers Asius Technologies, who says he has come up with a monitor that can help the AC/DC frontman get back to performing on stage despite his hearing issues.

Ambrose says: "Due to everyone's tremendous support, Brian and I spoke yesterday. What a gracious man. He and his wife invited me to visit them next week.

"If anyone deserves to benefit from my research, it's Brian, who has been giving incomparable performances for years despite increasing hearing loss.

"I'm going to do my utmost to see if our new hearing breakthroughs can help him, and if I am at all successful, I'm sure Brian will let everyone know; he really cares about people and would like to help.

"I am truly humbled and honored to meet this man, and I wish to sincerely thank everyone who helped. Fingers crossed; please pray for our success next week."

This new device adds an artificial ear drum to take the pounding caused by personal listening devices, such as in-ear monitors.

They will meet next Tuesday, May 17.

Johnson issued a statement on April 19 in which he detailed the hearing problems that forced him to stop touring. While he promised to continue recording, he couldn't say whether he would ever perform onstage with AC/DC again.

Johnson said his hearing problems were interfering with his ability to perform and he added that he has continued to consult with doctors, and was told that he could not "perform on stage at arena and stadium size venues where the sound levels are beyond my current tolerance, without the risk of substantial hearing loss and possibly total deafness."

Looking forward, he said, "My entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. 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."

Johnson has been AC/DC's singer since 1980, when he replaced the late Bon Scott. He made his recording debut with the group on the classic "Back In Black".

AC/DC has been on the road since last year in support of its 16th studio album, "Rock Or Bust".

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