[UPDATE] Kinki Kids Tsuyoshi Domoto Hospitalized for Sudden Deafness

It has been revealed that Tsuyoshi Domoto of Johnny & Associates duo KinKi Kids has been hospitalized for one week due to sudden deafness, Oricon news reports.

Otherwise known as sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), it’s an unexplained rapid loss of hearing that usually only occurs in one ear. Depending on the patient, the “deafness” either hits them all at once or over a period of several days.

The news of Tsuyoshi’s sudden change in health status was shared by fellow Kinki Kids member Koichi Domoto during TV Tokyo’s “Ongakusai 2017” broadcast on June 28.

Koichi appeared on his own at the beginning of the program to make the announcement: “While this program is very exciting, as of right now, I’m sorry to say the other person is not here.

Tsuyoshi has slight hearing loss, and it was decided that he will take care of himself and stay in the hospital for a week,” said Koichi.

According to his office, on the evening of the 27th he complained that he felt dizzy and had trouble hearing in his left ear. He received a medical examination at the hospital and was immediately hospitalized with instructions to rest for a week, Sankei reports.

Koichi apologized for the confusion and gave advance notice that a special guest will join him in place of Tsuyoshi, leaving fans very curious and excited as to whom he recruited.

In the past, singer Ayumi Hamasaki, musician Shikao Suga, Hiroji Miyamoto of rock band Elephant Kashimashi, Ichiro Yamaguchi of Sakanaction, and more have talked about their experience with sudden deafness.

This news comes in the midst of the duo’s 20th anniversary promotions.

Kinki Kids made their official debut with the single “Glass no Shounen,” on July 21st, 1997 instantly becoming a classic J-pop standard and going on to sell over 1.7 million copies. A special 20th anniversary SP of the drama “Bokuara no Yuuki” starring Tsuyoshi and Koichi will be airing on their anniversary, as well as an SP of their temporarily revived music variety show “LOVE LOVE Aishiteru“.


Koichi sang with Tomoya Nagase of TOKIO.

  • Comments

    • Mary

      😭😭😭 I seriously hope he’ll take it easy and get better soon…

    • Aru

      Tsuyoshi (T_T)
      I hope he will fully recover soon, my heart kinda broke looking at Koichi when he’s announced it.

    • WD79

      Dots! :(

    • hizurisama

      Hope it’s nothing serious, get well soon!

    • HoneyDew

      Hope the performers care more about their hearing as it often neglected aspect… Not only their career suffers but also their day to day life gets affected…

      Good to see Nagase join Koichi :P

    • http://www.nooooooooooooooo.com/

      ^ The exact reaction when I read the news. ;_;

      Nagase sing Zenbu Dakishimete perfectly, while Ko-chan messed up the lyrics to his own song. 👀

      • autumn wind

        Hahaha his smile when he messed up was so cute~

        • I like it when he messed up lol. I guess we are used to it by now. :D

    • Dalooshe

      It should be exciting to see and hear Nagase sing the song with Koichi but damnn, the circumstances he’s put in to cover for poor Tsuyoshi makes me feel sad :/

    • james

      This is sad :( hope he can fully recover soon.

    • K.

      omg :(

    • eplizo

      omg no. I hope he fully recovers his hearing. I can imagine that was scary as hell for him. :(

      • MoocowPoorchick

        Actually it’s pretty likely he won’t recover fully. It will certainly get better, but it’s not very likely that his hearing will be as good as before. And since JE probably won’t let him rest as much as he’d need to, his ears will never be the same and he will continue to get dizzy every now and then. It happened to me too a few years ago and it’s annoying as hell and really scary for a musician, I guess.

        • Rising Sun

          Tsuyoshi is one of J&A favourite so I honestly think he will get a lot of rest. Plus, he’s not exactly so busy atm (as compared when he & koichi was young) so I’m sure they will let him rest a lot due to this problem.

          • FanKk

            While I agree Tsuyoshi is one of Johnny K’s favourite(so he would have better chances to rest enough than some others), he is in the middle of their 20th anniversary, so in this situation I don’t think he will be able to rest as much as he should. But I really wish he would.

    • getwellsoon

      Tsuyoshi ;_;
      I hope you’d take care of your health more, but I guess that’s the life of a musician.
      Koichi & Nagase’s professionalism is amazing. I hope the situation is not as bad as it seems and Tsuyoshi will recover nicely. I think Koichi will be much stricter to Tsuyoshi after this.

    • helloshannon

      Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Tsuyoshi! This performance is bringing my forgotten love of koichi back after 10 years though… hot hot hot 🔥🔥🔥

    • Historia Lenz

      So that’s the reason he was not in the Gintama Live Action Movie premiere night… Get well soon, Tsuyoshi! :)

    • S

      Koichi and Nagase <3 Did any of y'all notice the smile on Taichi's face at the back? lol

      • S

        Also, I hope Tsuyoshi’s okay :(

      • Nif

        Yesss. They are really great friends, with Tsuyoshi too. I love TOKIO/Kinki relationship. And all Koichi/Nagase interctions during Johnny’s countdowns ;-) (Does anoone rememeber the countdown when Nagase and Tsuyoshi shifted places and Koichi ended up in Nagase’s arms? And Nagase was dancing? It was perfect and I can’t help budt smile everythime I rewatch it).

        Be back soon, Tsuyoushi!

    • Yuuki_MatsuMiya

      hearing loss, dizziness… man, this so sounds like Tsubasa Imai….

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