Charlotte Hannah
July 13, 2012

Justin Bieber Sued for Concert-Goer’s Alleged Hearing Loss (VIDEO)

We’ve all heard the joke about the older generation telling the youth to “turn that racket down”. But now, it seems that one Oregon mom is so troubled by the volume at a Justin Bieber concert that she’s decided to get the law involved.

Just a week after getting hit with a serious speeding ticket for the high-speed chase that he claims was the fault of the paparazzi, Justin Bieber is getting hit with a lawsuit.

A concert-goer is suing the pop star for $9.23 million over tinnitus and hearing loss that she claims was caused by being hit with a ‘sound blast’ at one of Bieber’s concert. Stacey Betts alleges that the ‘sound blast’ occurred when Justin climbed into a heart-shaped, metal gondola and pointed at different sections of the arena to encourage fans to scream – apparently loud enough to cause her permanent damage.

“[Bieber] enticed the crowd into a frenzy of screams by continuously waving his arms in a quick and upward motion, whereas I was struck with a sound blast,” she explains.

The suit also names the concert promoters, Bieber’s label, and the venue, arguing that they did not do enough to ensure that safe sound levels were maintained at the concert.

This lawsuit seems a little fishy to me. Loudness (of the music, as well as fans’ screaming) is an inherent part of the concert experience – every concert I’ve ever been to has left me with ringing ears for a few days afterward. Those who care about their hearing generally expect this, and wear earplugs.