Wednesday, July 18, 2007

turn it down.

today's wex wednesday blog post is a PSA to you, my friends.

through the years of deejaying and constantly having headphones on... i can already tell my hearing is not as sharp as it should be. and i'm 27.

so, i was on the train this morning. and saw 2 people, each sitting 7-8 feet from me, whose earbud volume was so high that i could make out what song they were listening to. got me wanting to tell the world...

cheap earbuds are awful for your hearing. BAD. (i'm talking about the little white headphones that come with your ipods) don't use them. and IF you're going to use them, set your ipod's volume limiter to about 60%. do not blast them loud. do not.

IF that doesnt work for you b/c you dont feel like it's loud enough, and you still want earbuds, get noise canceling earbuds (noise canceling headphones help to block out outside noise, which competes with your headphone output, so that you can use a lower volume level on your player to hear the music. plus they just sound better) and SET YOUR VOLUME LIMITER TO 60%. the volume limiter is in your ipods settings.

but the best thing is to rock standard noise canceling headphones. like these:

http://www.turntablelab.com/dj_equipment/71/40/3501.html

and not any type of earbuds. but like some, i personally don't like bulky headphones for getting around, so i use noise canceling earbuds from sennheiser:

http://www.turntablelab.com/dj_equipment/71/40/17578.html

i know, these models are expensive. it's like eating organic versus macdonalds. they don't make it cheap/easy to do the right thing.

so, to sum up this PSA on premature hearing loss and to do the standard wex wednesday list:

1. turn down your headphone volume.
2. invest in high quality noise canceling headphones.
3. wear earplugs. whether it's at HHK or the subway platform.
4. give your ears a rest every now and then. silence heals.

dr. dj wex.

14 Comments:

Blogger do the teufel shuffle said...

and make sure to note the staggering $1 price cut on the noise limmiting buds.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Oh the Newmanity! AKA Other Guy said...

These are the only headphones you will EVER need. I can't recommend these enough. Check 'em out here:

http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/er6i.aspx

then Google 'em and get 'em for like $80 somewhere else on the Web.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous K-Dot said...

The only time I use headphones is when I am running. . . and trying to find a decent pair of headphones for that is driving me insane. The "good" headphones are too bulky, the "sport" headphones suck, and the generic ipod earbuds don't stay in my ears!!! (And running without classic Hip-Hop bumping is excruciating!!)

What was that commercial that had the runner, and some guy running next to him with a giant boom box? I think that is the way I need to go. Any takers?

3:06 PM  
Anonymous wex said...

k-dot, check out those sennheiser earbuds i linked to. they will stay firmly in place.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous K-Dot said...

Will do.

3:45 PM  
Blogger do the teufel shuffle said...

and take adavantage of that deep discount while it still lasts.

8:45 PM  
Anonymous wex said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHA.

ha.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous RDJ said...

Yes. Turn it down.

But turn THIS up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJCsQckHA4E

Wex warned me in advance that the track's a bit "sleepy". I respectfully dissented.

I see what you mean now Wex -- it's a technical gem, but it doesn't leave a crowd much room to jump on board. There's no hook, not a lot of variation in the beat.

Still, I feel pretty alright about this performance.

Thanks to Susanna (who KILLED Players' Ball -- now where's the video of that?!) for the videography.

RDJ

12:18 AM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

circuit city has some noise cancelling studio headphones in the $50 range. ive been rocking the panasonics for over a year theyre very solid and affordable.

i cant rock ear buds, i think my right ear is smaller than my left, the right side always falls out.

kudos to rdj. well done.

any other videos from this month? im startin to get the shakes from this two month hhk detox i been on. its awful.

10:42 AM  
Blogger do the teufel shuffle said...

rdj - apparently you missed the class lesson re pitfalls of self-promoting on someone else's blog ...

or maybe it's a canadian thing.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Shawn J. said...

Or...you could just run a cassette adapter to in your car and play your music at a high volume....

6:16 PM  
Anonymous RDJ said...

Teufel --

You should know by now I will self-promote anywhere, anytime. That's not a Canadian thing - we're generally pretty modest.

6:23 PM  
Blogger do the teufel shuffle said...

take off hoser.

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those ipod headphones are actually better than any of the other pre-packaged headphones that mp3 players come with.

sennheiser do some nice ones that have a fold-up band on them, cover the ears but aren't huge for about $40 too.

2:32 PM  

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