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

7 January 2014 Last updated at 16:27 GMT

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."