Hearing loss is an subject of intense interest among musicians. The story of T.J. Linkous, also known as Johnny Trash, is a dramatic case in point. The musician and Poquoson resident was recently diagnosed with a hearing loss and severe tinnitus. The doctors delivered the bad news just before his 30th birthday.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, musicians will gather and play at Hampton's Olde Town Tavern to raise money for treatment and raise awareness of the dangers of hearing damage.
"We are planning to take the opportunity to educate and help make people (especially, young people), aware of the damage than can be caused by loud noise exposure," wrote Debbie Linkous, T.J.'s mom, in an e-mail message about the event. "We will have educational information available at the event, as well as a silent auction and a raffle with prizes to various restaurants and businesses."
Performing at the fundraiser will be Eric James, Eric Insley, Little House, The Asthmatics, Billy Joe Daniel, AnnaTonycly Correct, Matt Humps & The Blackouts, Jordan Johnson (The Sunset Riffs) and Hector Smith (The Nerve Scheme).
The event starts at 5 p.m. and a $10 donation will be requested at the door.
Here's more of what Linkous' mom wrote about the fundraiser:
I was especially pleased to see your reporting on "Rocking for Jojo" a few weeks ago, as we have been working on a similar fundraiser for my son, T.J. Linkous, also known as "Johnny Trash". He has played in local establishments for a number of years and was recently diagnosed with a hearing loss, severe tinnitus and hyperacusis. He needs special hearing aids to not only help with the hearing loss, but hopefully help with Retraining Therapy for the tinnitus as well.
Along with this fundraiser, we are planning to take the opportunity to educate and help make people (especially, young people), aware of the damage than can be caused by loud noise exposure. We will have educational information available at the event, as well as a Silent Auction and a Raffle with prizes to various restaurants and businesses.
We will even be giving away free earplugs for anyone wanting a set! A $10 donation is requested at the door, but there will be lots of musical talent for the evening. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the American Tinnitus Association and The Hyperacusis Network.
This benefit is scheduled for this coming Saturday, September 24th beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Olde Towne Tavern in Phoebus. I've attached a flyer with more information. I would like to thank Olde Towne Tavern and the local musicians that will be donating their time to help make this fundraising event a success!