DOES HEARING LOSS MEAN YOU CAN’T BE A DJ?
Ask any DJ what is the most important tool in their arsenal. Chances are they will choose their hearing. Our hearing is what helps us experience the music we love and our hearing is what we rely on to develop ourselves as artists. Nowadays, innovation protects DJs from hearing loss but what about people that were born without the ability or only partial ability to hear? And what about DJs that have experienced hearing loss throughout their career? Does hearing loss mean you can’t be a DJ? Keep reading to see how a bunch of Teenz will answer this question.
The young people expressed great interest and enthusiasm throughout the sessions. Their hearing technologies allowed them to experience the music that could be heard from within the room. This contributed to a great and friendly atmosphere of head nodding, finger snapping and feet tapping!
Clare Allen, Teenz Programme Lead, said about the day:
“The broad smiles and way in which they stood up tall was an absolute joy to see. I asked one teenager, who is often quiet due to her additional communication difficulties, how she had got on. She beamed broadly and said ‘Fantastic’. She then said ‘I loved it, I got it all. It’s complicated but it’s my thing, I understood it all’. This is a young person who had grown in confidence in front of my eyes. These are the glimpses of working with children with disabilities which keep you going and inspire you to do future events.”
In summary, hearing loss does not mean that you can’t DJ, so don’t be afraid to try it if you are passionate about it!