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Paul Simon May Never Grace the Stage After Sudden Hearing Loss and Health Struggles 

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According to Paul Simon, his loss of hearing in one ear came all of a sudden. Interestingly, many are wondering why this development is coming as a surprise to the octogenarian. 

Simon at a live performance in 2011
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He is an older man who was exposed to loud music for the better part of his life. So, some medical experts think Simon’s body is telling him to get his foot off the pedal. 

Bad News During an Interview  

During an interview with The Times, Simon clarified that his music career may take a new dimension or even end entirely. Simon explained that the first instance of his hearing loss experience was during the recording of his latest album, “Seven Psalms.”

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Paul Simon paying tribute to music legends Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen
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Right after the first instance, Simon probably had specialist consultations about the medical challenge but got no practical remedy. 

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Expecting Resonance from a Broken Cord  

During an interview with The Times, Simon said of the experience, “Quite suddenly I lost most of the hearing in my left ear, and nobody has an explanation for it. So everything became more difficult.” 

Simon & Garfunkel arrive at Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands
Paul Simon, in 2012

Initially, the maestro waited for the problem to disappear. Simon still expected his body to heal as it used to in his youth. However, it did not, and this experience left him in a state of depression, annoyance, and later anger.

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Getting Used to a Forced Retirement 

For this reason, Simon is very doubtful if he will ever again mount a stage to perform. However, he is starting to accept that the condition will remain with him for the rest of his life.

Simon and Garfunkel before a performance

His is another tale of old habits dying hard. Simon has been on the road for so long that the idea of not going on tours and being unable to perform live still bugs him occasionally. 

Always Look for the Silver Lining 

Interestingly, the multiple Grammy winner says that his retirement is a blessing in disguise, as he has previously explained how he sometimes has an identity crisis during his active years of performance.

Simon at a live performance in 2011
Source: Matthew Straubmuller/Flickr

In one of his interviews, Simon shared how he avoids performing some songs live. He would sometimes become quite self-critical onstage and think himself an underperformer. Simon revealed that this was a crisis he struggled with for years. 

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The Young Beginnings of a Star  

Paul Simon has a long list of songs to his credit from his lifelong career of dishing out hits and exploring different genres. At the onset, he started his music career alongside Art Garfunkel.    

Simon performing live
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Simon and Garfunkel first met at a group performance for their sixth-grade graduation. The duo were both ten years old at the time.Simon and Garfunkel first met during a group performance for their sixth-grade graduation. They were both 10 years old at the time. Simon wrote the duo’s first-ever official song together, The Girl for Me, at 13.

Students Cum Musicians  

During their high school education at Forest Hills High School, Simon and Garfunkel were signed on to Big Records and were signing under the stage name Tom & Jerry. 

Simon and Mikeba working on an international collaboration
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However, the duo attended different colleges, and while pursuing his baccalaureate in English, Simon kept writing and recording songs. Between 1957 and 1964, Simon solely released 30 other songs. 

When Opportunity Calls  

In 1964, Simon and Garfunkel got a golden opportunity to audition for Columbia Records. An executive at the music label signed on to the duo for a single album and changed their stage name to Simon & Garfunkel. 

Simon & Garfunkel performing outside at a concert in Dublin
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A year after Simon & Garfunkel’s first album with Columbia Records, Simon went to England, where he mixed with local and international artistes. It was there he developed an open mind to switching between genres. 

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Hello, Goodbye

Simon & Garfunkel eventually split in 1970 due to strains in their relationship. Alone, Paul Simon went ahead to win international acclaim and record award-winning songs. 

Paul Simon, live in Mainz, Germany, July 25, 2008
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According to Simon, the most painful part of his inability to perform live was the fact that he had been looking forward to performing songs from his “Seven Psalms” album. Simon has a sentimental attachment to that album because he claims the inspiration behind it is almost divine.

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