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Relax, if you wanna do it.

Posted by [email protected] on September 15, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Once again I stumbled over an article that warned every sound-professional (and DJ) about the dangers of catching a Tinnitus at the club. While the article is pretty profound and covered all relevancies towards ear-protection, the "truth" was only captured closely but not entirely. We need to know one very important thing: Tinnitus is mainly a neurological condition, not alone dependent on loud volumes at long listening periods. It's basically comparable to phantom-pain. It works like this: If you are performing or clubbing with a nervous attitude (let's say you are highly stressed by the event or private life) then the volume will add stress to your neurological system and THATs the moment you can get it. There is simply a threshold for stress. So, trying to relax before / at the performance / the club-night will highly reduce the probability of a tinnitus event. Also important: Clubbers, who are enjoying their party, high as a kite on drugs or alcohol will rarely experience a chronical tinnitus due to their relaxed neurological system (= parasympathicus nerve-system firing up). This was all quite well studied by Prof. Dr. Eckhard Hoffmann of the University of Aalen / Ulm. He claims that the most usual cause for hearling loss is the growing use of explosives (on new years eve etc.) and not night-clubbing. Even more interesting: In a comparison of 1500 "home-boys" vs. "clubbers" the clubbers in average had the better sense of hearing! So there was a correlation of an hedonistic lifestyle to having LESS tinnitus or hearing loss due to a trained (= exercised) ear. Dig that - Sure, it still makes sense to put down those monitors IF you feel stressed by the volume. But I consider this a must for a professional anyway. Despite of what I claim here, Tinnitus is quite often experienced in a result of stress alone without the event of loud levels of music or noise. So my conclusio is: YES, take care of excessive levels as the article by the fantastic people at dj-techtools explains, but first: Relax if you wanna do it. 


Phantom percepts: Tinnitus and pain as persisting aversive memory networks

Hoffrnann, E. (2001): Sind gesetzliche Regelungen zur Schallpegelbegrenzung bei Konzertveranstaltungen und für Discotheken notwendig?

Bildungswerk d. Verbands Deutscher Tonmeister (Hrsg.) Bericht der Tonmeistertagung (21.) Hannover 2000. K. G. Saur. München, S. 533 -547

Hoffmann, E. (1997): Hörfähigkeit und Hörschäden unger Erwachsener unter Berücksichtigung der Lärmbelastung. Median, Heidelberg


"LAUTE MUSIK: Kein Grund für Hörschäden ?"

Categories: DJ-ing, Tinnitus, Hearing loss

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Reply Billy ballbags
6:03 PM on February 12, 2014 
This is bullshit. I got it due to a loud sound system and had taken loads of drugs. Definitely wasn't stressed.
Reply [email protected]
1:01 AM on February 13, 2014 
Billy ballbags says...
This is bullshit. I got it due to a loud sound system and had taken loads of drugs. Definitely wasn't stressed.

cheers billy,

well, there is limits for anything. I don't say up there that there never was a case with tinnitus coming from excessive levels. please note that listening at too loud levels for long time can ALSO be neurological stress, even if you don't feel it because of drugs (falling asleep regularly (over years) with loud headphones on cannabis is a danger for tinnitus).

what I said was:

most tinnitus-cases are caused by excessive stress of the hearing-neurology. this is also proven by the fact that those can only be "cured" by training and practising to consciously "forget" the tinnitus (hard to achieve).

the involvement of the neurology (rather then the physiology of the hearing-mechanism) is also the reason why the first treatment that you ll get by your hearing physicist envolves 2 medicaments: one for improving the blood circulation and one to releax the nerve-systen, usally some kind of stress-relieving meds.

there is scientic and relevant prove for what I state above and this is why I wrote that article. the contrary, to believe that tinnitus is ALWAYS an effect of excessive levels, is a total wrong perception of how we humans function regarding stress and sensoric sensitivity.

my problem here is, I don't own an english translation of that paper, so I can not prove it directly to you. You can always write to Prof. Dr. Eckhard, I made good experience in writing into academic circles. Usally it takes a while, but they do answer more often then one might think...

If you know anyone speaking german, you could lead him to translate you this interview:

all the best regarding your tinnitus to hopefully vanish any time soon..