When you’re thinking about injuries at work, you probably won’t count DJing among the professions that have a risk for physical injury. After all, you don’t have to haul heavy gears or materials all day long, you don’t work with dangerous chemicals, and you don’t have to spend many hours in a hazardous environment. However, just because DJing is much safer than other jobs, it doesn’t mean that it’s completely free from any risks. Keep reading the following to get a better idea of the most common injuries, how you can prevent them, and what you need to do to heal them in case you develop them.
It should come as no surprise that hearing damage is one of the most common problems affecting DJs. Indeed, noise-induced hearing loss is, unfortunately, a familiar complaint among all types of musicians. Hearing damage is of particular concern when you work in environments that habitually exceed safe levels of noise exposure, with sound levels that can reach up to 109.7 dB. While this wouldn’t cause irreversible damage if it only happened once or twice, the nature of DJing means that you’ll expose yourself at least weekly.
However, not all hearing damage is created equal. There are many different disorders you can experience, including:
Tinnitus: Perhaps the most well-known disorder, tinnitus presents with the perception of sound when no external sound is actually there. It is estimated that no fewer than three-quarters of DJs experience the condition. The sound you hear can manifest as a ringing, buzzing, hissing or clicking sensation. If the symptoms are dramatic, they may cause anxiety or impact your concentration. Whether or not the disorder can be cured depends on the case. While there is no medication, talk therapy or hearing aids can help. If you only experience tinnitus symptoms in short bursts, it’s likely that it’ll fade over time.
Hyperacusis: This disorder presents with heightened sensitivity towards sounds. Said sounds can be either music or environmental, day-to-day noise. When you’re dealing with this condition, all sounds appear greatly amplified. This can lead to annoyance, pain and even fear. Hearing protection is the most important form of treatment, as is cognitive behavioural therapy. Some types of diet have also been shown to play a role in symptom management, namely meal plans that are low in sodium or histamines.
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