Singer Tank says he’s losing his hearing and has been diagnosed with a ‘very severe case of vertigo’: ‘It came out of nowhere’
R&B singer Tank revealed that he has been going deaf and was recently diagnosed with what he described as a ‘very severe case of vertigo.’
The 45-year-old Maybe I Deserve songwriter made the announcements public through Instagram videos on Wednesday and Friday, where he addressed his fans’ concerns about his health.
The hitmaker, whose real name is Durrell Babbs, noted in both clips that he was dedicated to remaining optimistic about his situation and would continue to focus on his well-being for the foreseeable future.
Getting the word out: R&B singer Tank revealed that he has been going deaf and was recently diagnosed with a ‘severe case of vertigo’ in a pair of videos shared to his Instagram account on Wednesday and Friday
‘I’m going through something right now and I want to use my situation to encourage your situation.’ he began in his first video.
The Please Don’t Go singer then gave his fans specifics about his medical situation and expressed that he did not understand the cause of the symptoms he was experiencing.
‘I’m going completely deaf in my right ear and I’m kind of losing sound in my left, I’m dizzy and I can’t walk a straight line. All of this [came] from out of nowhere, don’t know how or why,’ he said.
He went on to reassure his followers that he was taking his state of health in stride and that he would keep pushing to live his life as best as he could.
Unclear causes: In his first video, the When We singer expressed that his symptoms came ‘from out of nowhere’; he is pictured in October of 2020
Fighting through it: Although he acknowledged the severity of his health issues, Tank told his followers that he was determined to remain optimistic
‘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 or be everything that I’ve set out to be. The goals are still the same,’ he said.
In his second video, the R&B artist spoke in greater detail about his diagnosis and let his viewers know that his medical team had pinpointed a condition to focus on.
‘We’re treating it now as a very severe case of vertigo with little additives here and there,’ he revealed.
The singer also requested that his fans show him all the support they can during his process of recovery and noted that, although he was not in the best of shape physically, he was still enthusiastic about his life.
Remaining optimistic: The Born Again Virgin actor that the situation regarding his health ‘hasn’t given me a reason to give up’
Specifically, the Born Again Virgin actor asked his followers not to ‘wait until I’m deaf or in a wheelchair cause I can’t walk in a straight line. I want to be able to celebrate and dance, right now!’
Tank concluded his second message by expressing his desire to see more positive feelings and affection in the world, especially among his fans and their loved ones.
‘I think we have to do more of appreciating us in the moment…make that extra effort to let your brother or sister know that they are appreciated. Let them hear that, let them feel that,’ he remarked.
Staying strong: Tank also spoke about his career and expressed that his ‘goals are still the same’; he is seen with his wife, Zena Foster, in 2018
The musician began his career by serving as a backup singer for Ginuwine before he released his debut solo album, entitled Force Of Nature, in 2001.
He went on to put out eight more records, with his most recent full-length studio effort, Elevation, arriving in 2019.
Tank has also been nominated for several Grammy Awards over the course of his career, and his collaborative album with Tyrese Gibson and Ginuwine, entitled Three Kings, was put up for the Best R&B Album distinction in 2014.
Serious work: The singer has released nine studio albums, with his most recent arriving in 2019; he is seen performing in 2018