Friday, May 21, 1999 Published at 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK
Bygraves suffers ear problems
Max Bygraves: Illness has curtailed his performances
Entertainer Max Bygraves is being treated for an ear disorder which could severely affect his singing career.
The singer and actor, 77, has been diagnosed with Meniere's disease and has cancelled a number of summer concerts on the advice of his doctors.
His agent Jennifer Maffini said: "There is an operation which could help, but it's not a guaranteed success and if things don't work out it could leave him deaf.
"He has seen various specialists and had all sorts of tests.
"It just creates a feeling of dizziness. It's not that it affects his singing, but it means it's impossible for him to travel to the venues."
The British crooner is a veteran of 19 Royal Variety Shows and is famous for songs such as You Need Hands and Tulips from Amsterdam.
Symptoms of Meniere's disease include ringing in the ears, deafness and a feeling of vertigo.
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