How to Protect Your Hearing as a DJ

How to Protect Your Hearing as a DJ

Apr 25, 2022, 1:56:04 PM Entertainment

As a DJ, you need to hear your mixes at a certain sound level to get into the whole spirit of an event; sustained exposure to sounds any louder than 85dB can cause extensive and irreversible hearing damage.

This is for obvious reasons the last thing you want as a DJ.

Thankfully, there is plenty the performing DJ can do to protect their hearing from gradual damage. A few examples of what DJ equipment can be used to help, include the following:

1.    Use well-isolating headphones

The whole point of using headphones with good isolation is that you do not have to turn their volume up too high to hear what you’re doing. You can keep things at a relatively modest level and still hear your mix over the music playing in the club.

2.    Turn down your DJ monitors

Where DJ monitors are provided in clubs or on stage, they have a tendency to be turned up ridiculously loud as standard. Great when you are using them, but nothing but a threat to your hearing when you’re not. Between transitions, give your eardrums a break by turning your monitors down or off.

3.    Get some good musician’s earplugs

A decent set of specialist earplugs for musicians can be fantastic as a low-cost, no-compromise solution. Engineered with a tiny hole that still allows all frequencies to penetrate, musician’s earplugs simply reduce the volume level without having a major effect on your interpretation of the sound.

4.    Beware distortion from speakers

It is not yet a proven fact, but it is nonetheless theorised that distorted music pumping out of speakers at high volume levels is way worse for your hearing than clear music. Exactly why this is the case is unclear, but DJs almost always report more intense ringing of the ears after playing in clubs with fairly low-quality speakers.

5.    Measure volume levels when practicing and recording

Both at home and in the studio, there is no reason to have the volume turned up so high your ears bleed. In fact, research suggests that keeping things at or around the 85dB level is ideal for hearing every frequency with pinpoint precision. Blasting out mixes at deafening volumes can be fun, but it won’t do your hearing any good long-term.

6.    Give your ears a break between performances

Similarly, there is much to be said for excluding yourself from exposure to dangerously loud music completely between performances. Human ears are great at repairing themselves, but need a good period of peace and quiet to get the job done.

7.    Try in-ear monitors

Invest in a good set of in-ear monitors and you may be able to do away with conventional monitor speakers entirely; a switch that could protect you from exposure to overly loud music entirely during your sets, while making it much easier to mix with perfect precision. More top-name DJs than ever before are switching to IEMs, and for a very good reason.

Craig Upton supports UK businesses by increasing sales growth using various marketing solutions online. Creating strategic partnerships and keen focus to detail, Craig equips websites with the right tools to rank in organic search. Craig is also the CEO of iCONQUER, a UK based SEO Firm and has been working in the digital marketing arena for many years. A trusted SEO consultant and trainer, Craig has worked with British brands such as,, UK Property Finance, Serimax and has also supported UK doctors, solicitors and property developers to gain more exposure online. Craig has gained a wealth of knowledge using Google and is committed to creating new opportunities and partnerships.

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