When you come home from a club with ringing in your ears it can be pretty annoying. For most of us who are regulars on the club scene, this noise is a bearable after-taste of clubbing that soon dissipates and is easily forgotten. For other, it evolves into an incessant, debilitating condition known as tinnitus.
The noise in a sufferer’s ears becomes something that cannot be ignored; it becomes oppressive and affects every aspect of the individual’s life including concentration levels, sleep patterns and mental state. Many sufferers end up with serious depression unable to escape the persistent sound within their ears, plaguing the sufferer like nature’s own form of Chinese water torture and, worst of all, there is no cure, only treatment and prevention. It’s said that over 12 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, with 10% of British citizens unable to sleep because of the condition.
Life as a DJ and producer exposes the individual to a constant barrage of sound and puts them at a very high risk of picking up tinnitus. Years of exposure to the club environment, the DJ booth, headphones, screaming crowds and badly EQ’d systems are factors that have a direct effect on a DJ’s hearing. Then add in the fact that they may spend their spare time in the studio exposed to high volumes in an enclosed space, creating little respite for one’s ears.