Tinnitus trips up another top DJ

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Big beat/ house DJ Jon Carter has cancelled his next three months of DJ dates after reportedly developing tinnitus (News Of The World).

The husband of celebrity radio DJ Sara Cox joins numerous other big name jocks to have developed the debilitating condition characterised by ringing in the ears, including Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Mauro Picotto, who himself took several months off last year.

“Mauro gets severe earache basically and the doctors are really worried, as I am, about long term problems for his hearing,” Mauro’s manager Jake McNeill told Skrufff last year.

“It’s been an ongoing issue for quite some time, basically it’s been brought on my too much flying and too much listening to loud music, just general pressure on his ears, his doctor’s are concerned about him developing tinnitus,” he continued.

“He wears those special earplugs but he’s only started wearing them recently. Hearing is one of your senses and they’ll come a time when every DJ is going to want to hang up their headphones and get on with a normal life,” Jake predicted.

Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter quit DJing altogether because of tinnitus problems two years ago, explaining ‘I’ve given up because I want to protect my ears, music is too loud in clubs’ (Mixmag), though according to Slam’s Orde Meikle has now recovered sufficiently to return to making music.

“I think he’s better now and they’re working on the third album, but he had a bit of a scare and thought he’d damaged his ear and had to take obviously reasonably drastic steps to see how bad the damage was,” Orde told Skrufff last month.

“I don’t think it was as bad as he at first thought. So as far as I know they’re back in the studio,” he said.

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