Years of bangs and booms in high-action movies have left the Bloodsport star’s hearing impaired, and he recently sought expert help to correct his partial deafness.
The doctor’s session was shown on U.K. TV documentary series Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors on Tuesday (10May11), and the tough guy revealed, “I shot lots of guns in movies but I’m able to hear unusual sounds, like if you slide fax paper in the living room I can hear it, like a German Shepherd.”
Van Damme then underwent several tests before he was diagnosed with high-frequency hearing loss – and he was urged to protect his ears as much as possible.
The doctor told him, “There is a difference in hearing in high frequencies between both sides (of his ears), which means if many people are talking together in a group, it’s quite difficult for you to understand someone speaking. You hear, but you can’t understand.
“That’s the problem when there’s a high-frequency hearing loss. What you can do is not make it worse, so use ear protection when you go out (and shoot) movies.”
During the medical consultation, Van Damme was also warned he may need to undergo surgery on his nose in the future, due to a deviated septum.