Simon Baker was a successful DJ/producer who had releases on labels such as Kompakt, Cocoon and Last Night On Earth. But then he developed tinnitus, and his life changed. However, rather than wallowing in misery, he started to find out all about how to treat the condition before re-training as a craniosacral therapist in order to help others experiencing tinnitus. Here’s his story...

I had what you could call a dream career. From resident DJ at Leeds’ legendary Mint Club to headlining parties around the world and releasing music on some of the most respected labels in house and techno; over 20 years as a DJ, producer, audio engineer and touring DJ, I achieved more than I ever imagined when I first bought my set of turntables.I can pinpoint the moment things really began to accelerate: a track of mine called ‘Plastik’ was originally released in 2007 on Playhouse Records (later on Kompakt). It was incredibly well-supported and voted the second best tune of the year in Resident Advisor. It catapulted me into the limelight in an incredible way; the next thing I knew I was remixing the likes of Simian Mobile Disco and Radioslave, playing in clubs such as Berghain and Fabric, and releasing music on the likes of Kompakt, 17 Steps, Drumcode, Cocoon, Last Night On Earth and 2020 Vision, who I released my debut album with in 2011. I was on the path and I loved every minute of it. But then I developed severe tinnitus, and life changed...“You realise there is nothing we can do to help your tinnitus or hearing damage...”You don’t forget words like that in a hurry. This was advice from a high street pharmacy audiologist, and I’ve since learnt that most people who suffer tinnitus are told similar things. As soon as you mention tinnitus with DJing and clubs, most GPs will just tell you there is no cure and you have to learn to live with it. Trust me, this is the worst thing you can hear if you have severe tinnitus as it just sends your stress and anxiety worry levels even higher.Stress and anxiety play a much larger role in tinnitus than many understand or appreciate. Researching, studying and understanding this has taken me on a completely different life path and encouraged me to help others and share what I’ve learnt. I am not an audiologist or an E.N.T (Ear Nose Throat) doctor, but have trained to become a craniosacral therapist. My discoveries are from my own journey, plus research and studies at post-graduate courses such as Professional Tinnitus Advisor training run by the British Tinnitus Association. Through this journey, my life changed for the better and I want to share what I’ve learnt with as many people as possible.

Source: DJMAG