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DJs, music fans, and regular partygoers – you’ve all got two things in common. The first one is a love for music. The second one is a great risk of hearing damage.
Most of us have probably experienced at least a couple of crazy nights out in our life – ones that left our ears ringing long after we’d returned home. Whereas most people would shrug it off as normal, or attribute it to having had a proper night out, you may in fact be gambling with the condition of your ears. And if music is your passion, why would you risk no longer being able to fully enjoy it?
Gorki Duhra, 35, from Action On Hearing Loss, believes that music lovers need to be aware of the risks they’re taking.
“Ten million people of people in the UK – that is almost 20% of the population – suffer from some form of hearing loss,” he said.
Loud music can lead to hearing loss, but may also result in a condition called ‘tinnitus’. This happens when hair cells in your ear are so damaged that they produce a constant ringing or buzzing. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for tinnitus or hearing loss.
“A few years ago we held a survey, and we asked 1000 people if they knew what tinnitus was – it turned out that 20% thought it was an allergy to metal! An even more serious issue is that 40% of people know that they are listening to music that’s too loud, but don’t do anything about it,” said Duhra.
“So it’s still an on-going issue, and a fight we will continue – we want to make people aware of the risks of loud music. Remember - would you stand next to a pneumatic drill in the street? No. So why would you do that to yourself in a nightclub?” he added.
London-based DJ Marc Nicholson, 33, experienced what it was like to literally get tinnitus overnight. He started playing the drums when he was 11, and went on to become a DJ in his early twenties. He started to play regular nights at London nightclubs, unaware of how this damaged his hearing until it was too late to turn back.
“I have been exposed to loud music for the past 20 years. At first, the ringing in my ears used to be a sign that it was good night. Then one day, when I was 28, I woke up and the ringing was still in my ears. A week went a by and the ringing was still there. I went to my GP, and he told me it was chronic tinnitus.
“I struggled with it for about a year, but my contact with Action On Hearing Loss made me feel like it had at least some purpose. Now, I use hearing protection when I DJ – I think it’s a matter of educating people, and making them aware of the dangers.”
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