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Liverpool singer of “The Pies” tells of battle with tinnitus to mark awareness week

THE SINGER of a cult folk rock band The Pies has spoken about his battle with the ear condition tinnitus.

Ashley Martin, lead singer and founder of the group, revealed he was receiving treatment for the complaint – which causes buzzing or ringing in the ears – at Fazakerley hospital.

He said he had found the condition debilitating at first but with the help of doctors he was managing the problem.

Ashley, from Litherland, has penned a song to highlight the complaint and is backing National Tinnitus Awareness Week which runs until Sunday), organised by The British Tinnitus Association (BTA).

Ashley began experiencing symptoms of tinnitus in May 2012 following a period of stress.

He said: “When the tinnitus began, I felt debilitated and panicky and thought how can I go on with this noise in my life?

“But the audiologist at Aintree helped me to make sense through the fog and I’m more at peace with it now. The most important thing is not to see it as a threat and know that help is out there. It’s just another layer of sound.”

Ashley said he wants to help other tinnitus sufferers and draw attention to the problem with his new song, The World Needs You.

He said: “The message of the song is that no matter how hard things are, keep battling on.”

Fazakerley has a specialist tinnitus clinic and a tinnitus support group considered to be one of the best in the country.

The Pies were founded 25 years ago and were a popular feature on the Liverpool music scene with an ever changing line up and a prolific graffiti campaign around the city.

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