“I perceived my hearing to be totally fine up until that moment,” says producer Dom Dolla.

I’ve written before about how important protecting your hearing is. That’s not just an idle public service announcement. As DJs, our careers depend on our ability to hear the music in all its subtleties. You can’t do that if you’re hearing has diminished to the point where you can’t discern frequencies. You definitely can’t do that if you’re dealing with ringing in your ears.

Earplugs can be bothersome, especially when you need to fit headphones over top. Really good earplugs aren’t cheap, either. The best of them are custom made to fit your ear canal perfectly.

Regardless of your budget, put earplugs at the top of your list. Buy the most expensive you can afford, and wear them every time you’re working.

Check out our write-up on earplugs here.

Check out Dom Della’s story here.