The entertainer worked at the music venue as a coat check girl in the 1960s so she could see bands such as The Beatles. But Black (71) has been forced to have a hearing aid surgically implanted because of the damage to her ears.
She told The Mail on Sunday: "I blame the Cavern. All those years in a place with no proper acoustics, I think it may have done some damage. "It's no fun getting older. I might be wearing beautiful diamond earrings but they can't take away the pain of losing my hearing. "I didn't actually realise how bad it had got until I was with a friend in Barbados and I said to her, 'Why are you whispering?' She said, "Cilla, I'm not whispering, it's you who has a hearing problem'. "It's rock 'n' roll that has done my hearing in. I went to the Cool Britannia party at 10 Downing Street and a well-known rocker came up to me and said something and I said, 'I can't hear you'. He replied, 'I can't hear either'. He pointed out his hearing aid and told me to get one."
Source: The Herald, Ireland