John Illsley (left) performing with Dire Straits
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Dire Straits bassist: 'I don't like loud music anymore'

The bassist of rock band Dire Straits says more must be done to tackle hearing loss resulting from loud music.

John Illsley (pictured, left) suffered hearing damage as a result of his performing career, despite playing at a "fairly moderate" volume.

He says the experience has left him unable to listen to loud music or stay in noisy environments.

Speaking with BBC Radio 5 live's Shelagh Fogarty, Illsley said: "You just get damaged - it's one of those things.... It really needs looking at pretty seriously."

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