Sound ad­vice from DJ

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

DJ Leon Dahl loves ev­ery­thing from rock to house mu­sic.

But a life­time of play­ing in bands and mix­ing up a storm on the turnta­bles has left him with hear­ing prob­lems in his right ear.

“It’s prob­a­bly more dam­aged be­cause that’s the side of the stage I stood on in bands. It’s also the ear I nat­u­rally grav­i­tate to­wards when DJing,” he says.

The Mt Eden res­i­dent is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple of all ages to look af­ter their hear­ing as part of this week’s Deaf Aware­ness Week.

“I’m amazed at the num­ber of peo­ple I see with MP3s blar­ing their ears out,” he says.

“A lot of the cheaper head­phones are bad for your ears at any vol­ume.”

The 32-year-old has cut his per­for­mances to a hand­ful of times a year, in­stead of ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day night.

While he can hear nor­mally in most sit­u­a­tions, noisy oc­ca­sions are a prob­lem.

“I have fre­quency loss, which af­fects me in loud en­vi­ron­ments such as restau­rants,” he says.

“Some­times I have to point my ear be­cause it’s hard to fo­cus on one sound.”

Mr Dahl ad­mits he was “pretty slow on the up­take” in terms of us­ing earplugs.

But he’s de­ter­mined to make the most of the hear­ing he has left.

“Mu­sic is some­thing to be ex­pe­ri­enced for life and I would like to hear for the rest of mine.”

Na­tional Foun­da­tion for the Deaf ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Mar­i­anne Schu­macher says it’s im­por­tant younger peo­ple know how to lis­ten to mu­sic safely.

“It has a ma­jor im­pact on a per­son’s qual­ity of life through im­paired com­mu­ni­ca­tion and the so­cial iso­la­tion that hear­ing loss can bring.”

She says the num­ber of hours a per­son lis­tens to mu­sic is also im­por­tant.

While 85 deci­bels for eight hours a day is con­sid­ered safe, at 3db higher only four hours a day is rec­om­mended.

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Mix it up: Mt Eden DJ Leon Dahl is urg­ing young peo­ple to take care of their hear­ing af­ter suf­fer­ing hear­ing loss af­ter many years of play­ing live mu­sic.

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