R&B singer-songwriter Tank announced on Instagram this week that he is slowing down lose his hearing.
In a short video shared on wednesdayTank, whose real name is Durrell Artaze Babbs, said he is going “completely deaf” in his right ear and “losing a little sound” in his left, along with some other symptoms.
“I’m dizzy, can’t walk a straight line, all of this out of nowhere, I don’t know how or why,” he said, pointing out that he’s been seeing doctors and had recently had an MRI. “…But you know, it still hasn’t given me a reason to give up. It still hasn’t given me a reason to stop feeling like I can do and be everything I set out to do The goals are still the same: to be great, to be the greatest.”
“I want to say that to you too: whatever you’re going through, wherever you are, whether your body is failing you, whether your mind is failing you, whether your mind is failing you, keep going, stay push,” he continued.
Tank said in the video that he would be documenting the process “just to show (fans) the fight,” and on Thursday he shared another short video.
In the three minute video the “You Don’t Know” singer said that after undergoing an MRI, his doctor “didn’t see anything crazy in terms of brain function,” which he said was a “good” thing.
“We are now treating it as a very severe case of vertigo with minor additions here and there,” he says explained, adding that he was taking medication for dizziness and other symptoms. However, he noted that the hearing in his left ear is “actually worse.”
“I tested lower today in terms of the things I could hear in this ear, so hopefully that starts to change soon and I can go back out and do what I’m doing, man,” Tank said. “I love what I do. I love the people who love what I do, who show up to see me do what I do. I love it, and I have to get back to that.”
Tank said he also discovered he had a deviated septum, which he would have surgery to repair.
He ended the second video with a plea for people to “appreciate” each other “in the moment”.
“If you like my music… or you like my acting or my comedy or whatever, say it now,” Tank said. “Don’t wait until I’m deaf or in a wheelchair because I can’t walk in a straight line. I want to be able to party and dance now.”
“We need to keep in touch with each other,” he continued. “Make that phone call. Make the extra effort to let your sibling know that they are valued. Let them hear it, let them feel it when they can appreciate it in this life.”