NEWTON hero Rick Astley has re-recorded his most famous hit littered with wrong lyrics after suffering from hearing loss.

After suffering from mild hearing loss, the 80s pop star has teamed up with Specsavers for the re-release, as part of a campaign to raise awareness of hearing loss and encourage people to take action.

With 'Never Gonna Give You Up' reported to be one of the nation's top 10 most misheard songs, Astley sings the lyrics that listeners have misheard for years - such as ‘never gonna run around with dessert spoons’ instead of the correct ‘Never gonna run around and desert you’.

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St Helens Star: Astley says that he has been diagnosed with mild hearing lossAstley says that he has been diagnosed with mild hearing loss (Image: PA)
Following the release of his new album 'Are We There Yet?' and a huge performance on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury, Astley said he now wears hearing aids following his diagnosis.

Speaking to the PA News Agency, he said “This is extremely new to me at the moment. I’m 57, and anyone my age, truth be told, is probably going to have some hearing loss, unless they’re very unusual.

"I’ve been noticing I’ve got some hearing loss over the last few years, because of being around loud music and being in studios a lot of the time.

“I do think that’s been part of it, but I also think it’s just age, to be honest.”

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St Helens Star: Astley played to a huge crowd on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury this summerAstley played to a huge crowd on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury this summer (Image: PA)

Following his diagnosis, Astley said that he now wears hearing aids from time to time, and will wear them full time if his hearing continues to decrease.

However, noting the stigma that can be attached to hearing aids, he added: "There’s a stigma, there’s no doubt about it.

 “I think hearing aids are definitely a thing like, you’re getting on a bit because you can’t hear – which is just a fact of life. It shouldn’t be anything people are embarrassed about. These days, they’re semi-invisible – you don’t even realise someone’s wearing them.

“But people definitely have a bit of a thing about it. Hearing is as fundamental as vision, so why do we treat wearing hearing aids any differently to wearing glasses? The more people wear them and get used to it, that will change.”

With the Specsavers campaign hoped to encourage people to get their hearing tested, Astley said that he found it "really hard" to re-record 'Never Gonna Give You Up' after decades of singing the correct version of the smash hit.

He added: “To be honest, I found it really hard to do, because I’m obviously just used to singing the right words. And even when I sang the wrong ones, it was almost like my brain couldn’t hear the wrong lyric. It was really a very weird experience!”

He stresses that because his career depends on being able to hear well, he feels a strong connection with encouraging people to look after their hearing. “If I try and imagine what my life would have been without being able to hear – I can’t even think about that. And the misery of seeing a couple of people I know who’ve been in music all their lives and who’ve really struggled with hearing is terrible, and it’s frightening.”

The re-recorded version of Never Gonna Give You Up is available to listen to on YouTube now.