Kinki Kids member Tsuyoshi Domoto has been hospitalized for a week after experiencing sudden deafness.
Kinki Kids was supposed to make an appearance on TV Tokyo's "Ongakusai 2017" broadcast on June 28. Domoto was not present for the recording.
Group mate Koichi Domoto explained that Domoto has experienced hearing loss and will be staying in the hospital for a week.
According to the group's office, Domoto began complaining of dizziness and difficulty hearing out of his left ear on June 27. A medical examination found that he had sudden sensorineural hearing loss, a condition characterized by an unexplained, rapid loss of hearing either all at once or over the course of several days.
Domoto's condition does not necessarily indicate that permanent hearing loss will occur; however, in severe case, permanent deafness is a possibility.