Hearing loss is a serious problem that affects over 100 million people worldwide. For those of us who work in the music industry, it is an issue of particular concern. Prolonged exposure to loud noises has been shown to lead to hearing loss and other conditions like tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Electronic dance music producers and DJs are at high risk for hearing damage due to their constant exposure to loud music and sound systems. This post will look at 5 warning signs of ear damage and what you can do to prevent them.
With the right precautions, we can extend our careers and protect our hearing for years to come!
The 5 Warning Signs of Ear Damage and What You Can Do
We are all familiar with the consequences of smoking. It gives you cancer, it makes your breath stink, and it ages your skin. But there’s another consequence of smoking we don’t really hear about as often: hearing loss. In fact, researchers from Johns Hopkins University say that smokers are 70% more likely to have hearing loss than nonsmokers.
Smoking is just one example of a lifestyle habit that can affect your hearing health, so here are five warning signs you should be aware of:
1. You’re having trouble listening in noisy restaurants or crowded rooms
2. You find yourself turning up the volume on the TV or radio
3. Your ears feel plugged or full
4. You have ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
5. You notice a slight hearing loss at a young age (before age 50)
According to The World Health Organization, “More than a billion young adults and teenagers are at risk of developing hearing loss because they are listening to music on their personal devices at unsafe levels.”
We all know that repeated exposure to loud noise can cause permanent damage and lead to hearing loss. But what does this mean for producers, musicians, and DJs?
How do you know if your ears are in danger? And how can you protect them?
In this article, I’ll explore 5 warning signs of ear damage, what you can do about them, and how you can take care of your most valuable assets.
So keep reading if you really want to learn more about hearing loss and how you can take care of yourself.
You’ve been there before. The party is hot, the drinks (or whatever your poison) are flowing and the music is pumping. The crowd is dancing with energy and you can’t help but to put your hands in the air and sing along to every word.
But what’s that ringing? You must have just gotten too close to the speakers and now you can’t hear a thing! Wait…it’s still there?! That high pitched ringing in your ears is known as tinnitus and it could last for hours or even days.
The disturbing truth about this familiar experience is that those who work in production or DJ frequently are at high risk of long term hearing damage if they don’t protect their ears.
So how do you know if you need to protect your ears? There are 5 warning signs to look out for:
The music industry is a dangerous place to be if you don’t know how to protect your ears. The average DJ/Producer will listen to music at an average of 100dB, and some live performances can reach levels of 130dB and higher.
What’s more, these noise levels are constant. There’s no quiet moments in the studio, club or festival; DJs are exposed to high-volume audio for hours on end.
The damage that this causes is irreversible and permanent. Many DJs in the past have ignored this problem and gone on to have their careers cut short due to their hearing loss. I’ve even heard stories about DJs developing tinnitus (ringing in the ears) after just one event!
I’m writing this post to show you what signs to look out for in regards to your hearing health, as well as measures you can take to prevent any further damage…
Hard electronic music (think “dubstep,” “hardstyle,” or “jungle”) is generally not recommended when you’re trying to get some sleep. However, there are many instances where you may want to relax and listen to this type of music, but NOT fall asleep. This can be a tough thing to do, but it is possible. Here’s how:
If you have a hard time staying awake when listening to loud music, try using earplugs or earmuffs that reduce volume without canceling out the sound. These will help your ears stay awake and alert, even if they are in an environment with loud noises.
1. Do you hear ringing or buzzing in your ears when there’s no sound?
Ringing, buzzing, or other noises in your ear when you are away from loud sounds is a sign of tinnitus (tin-night-us). It’s often described as “ringing in the ears.” There are many possible causes for tinnitus, including hearing loss, allergies and sinus problems, ear infections, stress and anxiety, certain medications, and neck or jaw problems.
2. Does it seem like people mumble more than they used to?
If it seems that people are mumbling more often than before, you may have hearing loss in the higher frequencies. This type of hearing loss often affects how well you understand speech.
3. Do you have trouble understanding conversations when there is background noise?
Conversations at a restaurant or party can be hard to understand if background noises make it hard to hear what other people are saying. You may find yourself straining to hear at times.
4. Do you need the television or radio turned up louder than others do?
If you notice that other people don’t seem to need the TV turned up as loud as you do