Article - I’m a DJ Who Has Tinnitus — And I Refuse to Let It Beat Me

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    1. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Text from the newspaper article (Danny Boy is not the person mentioned):

      I have not been able to hear silence for about four years now. The high-pitched whining that you may temporarily hear after you leave a gig is, for me, a permanent fixture. The worst thing about this is that regardless of the ear protection that I use religiously when DJing these days, I will never be able to repair the damage that’s been done. In fact, if I continue to DJ, my condition will deteriorate: I find this terrifying.

      James Ivor Jones this week highlights the need for better help for sufferers. Jones took his own life after living with an extremely severe case oftinnitus. I cannot imagine the suffering he experienced, since I have a mild form of the condition and a recent test found that I have an unexpectedly low level of hearing loss given my 10 years as a DJ. But far from invalidating my opinion, even my mild case demonstrates the impact on sufferers; not a day passes during which I do not worry about my hearing.

      From the moment that I realised the temporary ringing in my ears was no longer temporary, I have been haunted by an image of myself in which I am sitting with my (yet to be created) children, unable to hear a word they say. Is the excessively loud – and often painful – conversation that you have with a partially deaf, elderly relative the type of interaction I’m doomed to have with my children? I sincerely hope not. But the persistent ringing in my ears is a constant reminder that it could be.

      Two years ago, fear was a big factor in my decision to give up my DJing job. It’s not every day that a hip-hop DJ hangs up his headphones to take on a career in the city, but with the longer term in mind, it seemed to make sense at the time. Surprise, surprise though: it proved it to be the wrong choice and I’ve recently gone back to my former passion.

      So what does this demonstrate? Even mild tinnitus can alter your outlook and push you to make the wrong decision. I sacrificed the thing that makes me happiest to embark on a career that made me truly miserable. While I cannot compare my situation to that of James Jones, whose tinnitus was so extreme that he experienced agony as a result of the softest of sounds, I can make one inference: the condition reduces the quality of life for sufferers on a daily basis.

      From September there are likely to be weeks when I am DJing daily, often twice a day: I have a residency at Ministry of Sound, which has one of the loudest speaker systems in the UK. My spare time is filled with practising in my home studio, listening to new music and checking out artists and other DJs in loud venues. So I will never be able to stop worrying about my tinnitus and my increasing inability to hear silence.

      Should I reach a level of hearing damage that makes me hate my own life again, I know it will be my own fault. I’ll always feel anxious about the outcome of my decision to return to DJing and each time I pick up my headphones, I have a feeling of guilt.

      Given my awareness of the potential severity of the condition, I take every precaution. Nonetheless, fear of tinnitus now prevents me from truly enjoying the thing that makes me happiest: playing music.

      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/31/dj-tinnitus-hearing-quality-of-life
       
    2. Good luck but there's no way I'd go back to loud music if I were you. Still, we all choose our own path in life and I wish you well on yours. At the end of the day this life is temporary so do what thou whilst.
       
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    3. Rina
      Energetic

      Rina Member

      Location:
      florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/18/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Really don't know
      Danny but did not trobalt help almost cure your T? I'm confused...
       
    4. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      It's not me! I'm not a DJ lol. I just thought I'd share the article.
       
    5. Danny Boy
      Cheerful

      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      It's not me. I no longer have tinnitus, but you can be sure I won't be going to loud places or listening to loud music. Not worth the risk.
       
    6. walkthroughwalls

      walkthroughwalls Member

      Location:
      The Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possibly noise
      All the best with your career as a DJ, Danny!! :ROFL:
       
    7. Danny Boy
      Cheerful

      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Lol, haha! I wouldn't have a clue how to become a DJ.
       
    8. glynis-harbron
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      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      For and DJ or club nightowls !!
      Remember protect your ears with noise reduction ear plugs or musician ear protectors .
      Loud music can be picked up from behind your ear through your Mastoid bone to your cochlear so please keep away from speakers....lol glynis
       
    9. Martin69
      Artistic

      Martin69 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      (Health) Anxiety
      @Danny Boy
      Thanks for sharing the story of Mr. Jones. Nothing I wanted to read today when my T is catastrophic. :cry: Shall I kill myself, too?
       
    10. Carlos1

      Carlos1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Boston
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Root Canal
      @Martin I Hate these horror stories sometimes I think its better not to read them it gives us sufferers a dark picture of what's ahead for us. Martin when I convince myself that all I need to do is hang on till there's a cure I live a better life I feel happier.......When I read these stories I feel like going back to bed and giving up ....Just my 2 cents
       
    11. another sean
      Studious

      another sean Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Long duration of low audio
      I've had to put away my guitar and remove my iTunes icon. I haven't heard any music in months. I am starting to forget songs.
       
    12. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Hi Another sean,
      When you feel at ease with your tinnitus try playing just for your enjoyment as know others who play and use reduction plugs.
      Dont give up totally what you love as its a lovely talent .
      Music is lovely just not good through earphones for some people .
      Some people with tinnitus use them on a really low setting.
      The BTA now sell sleep phones that are headbands with speakers fitted and must be safe or would not sell them so you could play music with them set on low.
      I have sleep phones in pink but do not use them ......lots of love glynis
       
    13. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Thanks @Danny Boy for sharing this article. It is good awareness.
      @Martin69 cmon man reading a suicide story is not the thing that will kill you. You very well know people kill themselves over catastrophic tinnitus-it happens every hour around the world!, but we are lucky that we found this forum and we know there is a cure coming so hang tight.
       

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