DJs & Tinnitus

To avoid ending up with tinnitus and reduced hearing you must put an effort into protecting your ears. We at PreservEar speak from experience when we say that tinnitus will affect your life dramatically. Here is what a few high profile DJs say about tinnitus. Thanks to the TinnitusGuru for compiling the list.


“When I first started playing in bands I never wore hearing protection and we played as loud as we possibly could. One night I came home from a punk rock show and my ears were ringing, as they often did. And they were still ringing the next day. And the next. Ever since then I’ve always worn some sort of hearing protection when exposed to very loud music because I realised that once my hearing is gone it will never return.” [Source:]

DJ Roger Sanchez

I actually have tinnitus and have lived with it for many years now. As a DJ, many of us are afflicted with it because of loud sound levels in the DJ booth, not only in the club. I have managed to reduce the effect by consistently wearing in-ear filters, made by a Dutch company called Filterz, that reduce the level of the sound without losing clarity. It is IMPERATIVE that when one is in an environment with elevated sound levels, one wears protection to minimize the damage that can occur.” [Source:]

DJ Tom Stephan

“In 1998, having experienced some ringing and thunder in my ears, I had my hearing tested and bought a pair of custom-fit ear plugs. But my hearing test was quite good and I couldn’t really be bothered to wear the ear plugs so I didn’t. In 2005, my ears were really bothering me again so I went back to have them tested and what was once a pretty much flat response was now a ski slope. Not good at all. If only I had worn them for those years. My hearing hasn’t improved at all since then but I’ve worn my ear protection without fail so at least I know I’m not making things any worse.” [Source:]

DJ Smokin’ Jo

“I use ACs ear plugs which are moulded especially for my ears. Over the 20 years I have been DJing, I have had a loss of hearing in my lower bass levels, and I often get a slight ringing and my balance goes wonky for a minute or two. I am lucky as I have not got persistent ringing all the time, I always use my ear plugs now – in the past I did not. I’d be playing up to 6 gigs a weekend sometimes and after my ears would be humming and ringing for two days after and I’d get splitting headaches. The ear defenders are worth every penny and I wear them when I go out to party myself as often this can be worse than DJing as people shout in your ear…my pet hate!” [Source:]

DJ Jon Carter

“I used to have these huge speakers which came from the Abbey Road orchestral room, they were really over the top and I used to play them at full volume up to forty-eight hours at times,” said Jon. “I noticed one day that the tinnitus didn’t stop, but eventually one day it skyrocketed to full volume and it freaked me out big time. You just don’t know what’s going on. It’s meant to come down; even the doctors didn’t have an answer to why it became so much louder. I had to turn a lot of work down in the end. It was really distressing because nobody seems to know anything about it, no one knows how much louder it’s going to get or what it’s going to be like when you’re sixty. Doctors just say it’s not going to kill you so just live with it.” [Source:]

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