Comedian Vic Reeves has shared that he is now "completely deaf" in his left year after developing a benign brain tumour.
The British funnyman, best known for his double act Vic and Bob with Bob Mortimer, spoke of his diagnosis on The Adam Buxton Podcast. He said: 'I've got what's called a vestibular schwannoma. It's a tumour in my head. I've gone completely deaf, 100% deaf, in my left ear. It will never come back.
"It's the size of a grape. They just have to keep an eye on it. It's benign. They can't remove it. They can shrink it or just keep an eye on it, and that's what they are doing."
62-year-old Reeves, a keen bird watcher, explained that he can hear birds tweeting, but can not make out where they are.
He said: "I like to go out bird watching and I never know where the birds are. I can hear them but I don't know what direction they are. If an airplane flies over, or a car approaches, I don't know where it is.
"I had to throw away all my stereo LPs. It's absolutely dead. Gone.
"Between your eardrum and your brain is a nerve. And that takes all the information from your ear to your brain. And the tumour is right in between.
"So it's gone ping and snapped. And you can't re-attach nerves. Not at this stage in medical science anyway. But in the future? Probably the week after I perish there will be great news."