The boisterous music producer says his ears ring constantly, and the Black Eyed Peas front-man can’t stand silence.

Black Eyed Peas leader and acclaimed producer will.i.am is known for his ears. The Los Angeles, California native has produced hits for Nas, Game and Talib Kweli, in addition to his own group’s multi-platinum repetoire. In a recent interview with The Sun Times, will revealed that he suffers from Tinnitus, a condition that leaves a ringing sound in his ears.

“I don’t know what silence sounds like any more. Music is the only thing which eases my pain,” said the producer known for boisterous dance-floor hits. “I can’t be still. Work calms me down. I can’t be quiet as that’s when I notice the ringing in my ears. There’s always a beep there every day, all day. I don’t know exactly how long I’ve had this but it’s gradually got worse.”

Last week, the Black Eyes Peas released their latest album, The Beginning, which garnered a Top 10 debut on the charts.