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    coping with Hearing loss & tinnitus

    yep...
    the day had to come.

    i have noticed less sensitive hearing in my left ear than my right (after nearly 3 decades of DJing) and i got tested and sure enough my hearing dips a lot between 1 and 4k (4k being the lowest) classical musician / dj syndrome
    its always been going in that direction, i was tested 10 years ago and there was already a dip at 4k ,but now its worse.

    the specialist gave me hearing aids to try out, and it really was insightful because i got to hear what sound is "really" supposed to sound like for a few minutes.
    even though my hearing loss is mild, it was kinda unsettling to take back off the hearing aids and realise just how quiet everything was, id recommend any career DJ to try this. its mad. bit of a wake up call too..

    anyways, has any of you damaged your hearing enough to want to use hearing aids?

    i think i can manage without them in daily life, but its annoying me knowing that those frequencies are missing now, and im considering i might need them when producing and sound designing, just so that i can know what im actually hearing.
    or else i might just use the charts that i got back from my hearing test to create a custom EQ setting on the master out so that i know what things are "supposed" to sound like and not creating sounds that would be unbearably sharp for other people to tolerate


    just want to hear your experiences. has any of you experience with this and how do you cope?
    Last edited by DJ Matt; 09-06-2022 at 03:29 PM.

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    There's that previous thread in case you did not notice it: http://www.djforums.com/forums/showt...-with-Tinnitus

    Glad I managed to keep tinnitus at bay, but it took me an awful long time, and not playing anything loud over an extended period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Matt View Post
    just want to hear your experiences. has any of you experience with this and how do you cope?
    Ive suffered hearing damage in one hear unrelated to DJing, which exhibits itself as sensivity and pain to noise.

    My mitigation for this is to use IEM`s to isolate external noise and control how much sound I receive into my ears. That of course means I`m isolated from any audience, but I`m fine with that personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoob101 View Post
    Ive suffered hearing damage in one hear unrelated to DJing, which exhibits itself as sensivity and pain to noise.

    My mitigation for this is to use IEM`s to isolate external noise and control how much sound I receive into my ears. That of course means I`m isolated from any audience, but I`m fine with that personally.
    im sorry to hear that !!


    yea, since i made this post, i have managed to convince the venue i play in (which had me too close to the speakers) to move my dj box away from the speakers and i also now apply an EQ to the master output that reduces the offending frequencies around 4k, those speakers are particularly harsh at that frequency.
    it may dull the sound a little for the audience, but frankly I think i im doing them all a favour... dont think anyone misses it.
    i have also been wearing ear protectors strictly in every loud environment, 100% of the time in my left ear and about 80% of the time in the right ear, i take it out of the right ear every now and then to check the sound.

    iv gotten used to it now, but you really have to trust your sound system and get it EQd properly from the start, because when you are taking out the protectors and putting them back in, your hearing threshold for certain frequencies goes haywire, you really dont know what you are hearing anymore...

    my hearing loss and tintitus seems to have made an almost full recovery. it can become agitated again if i am irresponsible and dont wear the protectors , so i have to keep that up. also i have to keep my headphones at a low level when using them at home, only as loud as it absolutely needs to be. i used to blast them without realising what i was doing. so now, i occassionally hear a faint hiss, but usually nothing. thats miles better than a few weeks ago.
    Last edited by DJ Matt; 10-11-2022 at 12:24 PM.

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