NEW YORK — Huey Lewis and The News has canceled its 2018 tour while frontman Lewis deals with the sudden loss of his hearing.

In a statement released Friday, the band says Lewis lost most of his hearing a few months ago before a show in Dallas and now he “can’t hear music well enough to sing.”

Doctors told him he shouldn’t perform until his hearing improves. Lewis suspects he has Meniere’s disease, a disorder of the inner ear.

Huey Lewis and The News has sold a combined 15 million albums with “Sports” and “Fore!” The group’s singles include “Power of Love” and “I Want a New Drug.”

Lewis says he wants to “sincerely apologize” to fans and concentrate on getting better. He hopes to be able to perform again soon.

In January, Eric Clapton revealed he is dealing with hearing loss, stemming from tinnitus. Clapton says he will continue touring.

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, left, talks with musician Huey Lewis before a spring training baseball game between the Cubs and the San Francisco Giants in Mesa, Ariz., Saturday, March 26, 2016. | Jeff Chiu, AP