Protect Your Ears: A PSA

Speaker stacks are common sights at clubs, warehouses, and festivals where eardrums are pounded with loud, pulsing electronic dance music for several hours.  It is easy to get lost in the music and not think about hearing loss, but noise induced hearing loss is a real thing and hearing protection is a great tool in preserving your hearing. Drugstores sell foam earplugs, but for a wider range of protection that allows for more clarity in the music and conversations you desire, high fidelity earplugs should be considered. EDM events can expose you to decibels that are over 100 and if like most people, you are at an event for over an hour, the risk of hearing loss increases.

Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) can happen from one incident of being exposed to a very loud sound or repeated exposure to loud sounds/noise. Continuous exposure can lead to tinnitus where one hears sound that is not present. Some symptoms include buzzing, hissing, whistling, and clicking. The risk of developing tinnitus and damaging your hearing is great for both music listeners and DJS.

Aly El Sayed Amr Fathalah is one half of trance producer group Aly & Fila. The two Egyptians used to tour together until Aly suffered dramatic hearing loss one year. His doctors advised him to restrict himself from events with loud noise and he has remained in the studio ever since. Zedd (Anton Zaslavski )is another dj and producer who suffered hearing loss. In 2014 he was diagnosed with sudden hearing loss in his left ear,  losing 30db on the left ear at 2khz. It is now being reported that Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki is going deaf in her right ear. Back at the turn of the century, Ayumi Hamasaki decided to tour in 2000 after battling an ear infection. Doctors suggested she rest and not be exposed to loud noises but Hamasaki continued to perform. In 2008 Hamasaki’s hearing was lost completely in her left ear and now the recording artist is facing uncertainty. Ayumi Hamasaki is one of the most recognized voices in trance music, having had her hit “M” remixed by many, including Above and Beyond. To avoid jeopardizing your career or listening enjoyment, ear protection is a must. See you out on the dance floor (with ear protection).

Author: Shannon Demny

Shannon was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where she continues to reside and participate in the local dance music scene. She was first introduced to edm in high school when she heard Fatboy Slim's "Praise You" come on the radio. Thereafter began her love affair with electronic dance music. Shannon spends her days juggling kids, collecting music, and typing articles. Unapologetically positive, Shannon strives every day to fill her life with music, love, and positive vibes.

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