Plan B and Leona Lewis want free earplugs at concerts

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Plan B wants music fans at gigs to wear earplugs to protect their hearing.

The rapper admitted he has suffered from tinnitus, where there is a constant ringing noise in the ears.

It affects about 500,000 people in the UK and can be caused by exposure to loud noises.

Plan B knew something was wrong after he left a club and heard "screeching".

"I went and saw an ear specialist and got some earplugs," he told the BBC.

"It's alright now and I don't need them all the time but if you are a DJ or you produce, if you have the music loud you are damaging your ears," he said.

Leona Lewis performing with big headphones on.
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He now thinks concert and festival venues should provide earplugs for free.

"There should be a bucket of ear-plugs there and it's their choice then," he said.

Leona Lewis said she supported his idea after admitting she had experienced tinnitus herself.