Why Silent Disco Headphones are the Party Solution of Choice for the Special-Needs Community

Why do people who work with autism spectrum disorder call silent disco the ultimate party solution?

Every year, we do a silent disco party for the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) which supports over 90 special hockey teams across the United States.

Hundreds of people from all walks of life attend; the players, family members, friends and coaches.

Every year we marvel at how silent disco brings such a diverse group together, and it does so in a way that a DJ or band with traditional loudspeakers never could.

Often people who have not experienced the wonders of silent disco headphones assume that headphones isolate dancers from each other. They do the opposite with any audience.

The headphone aspect of silent discos actually make the events more social.

With the special-needs community, the headphones bring people together in an extra dramatic fashion that simply cannot be beat by any other form of entertainment!

How do the headphones create this magic of togetherness and celebration?

In this post, we take a closer look at how the unique attributes of a headphone party are tailor-made for this demographic.

Silent disco headphones are perfect for the special needs community and for guests on the autism spectrum.
Silent Disco headphones are their entertainment medium of choice for end of season parties.

We will start be saying that our headphones are thoroughly disinfected between rentals.

In the age of Covid-19, we use EPA approved disinfectant products and techniques to keep all of our guests safe.

And now, back to headphone benefits:

Headphones accommodate for hearing sensitivities that can be found in autistic guests and others.

In the special needs community, hearing sensitivity is common. They may love the music but feel uncomfortable with the volume levels found at a large party.

If one group wants the music loud and another group doesn’t, it is difficult to party together.

With silent disco, everyone wears headphones in order to hear the music.

Each of the headphones have their own volume wheel that each user can adjust at will.

Thanks to the volume adjustment, people that want the music loud can dance right next to the people that want the music soft. Everyone has their own volume.

The headphones also keep the volume constant. They block out the sudden and uncomfortable volume changes that come from celebrating crowds at parties.

All of the guests at a silent disco are more comfortable and relaxed because any hearing sensitivities are soothed by the individual volume controls on each of the headphones.

The end result is that the headphones allow everyone to participate more comfortably with their own customized volume level.

The headphones help ADHD sufferers to focus by blocking out external audio distractions.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms are common in the special needs community and the headphones help these guests to maintain their focus.

Silent disco headphones block out distracting noises, keep the music in the forefront and the volume constant.

This helps to keep everybody together and focused on the same celebration. Without the headphones, some of the participants would get distracted and not be able have as much fun together.

Again, the headphones allow everyone to participate and to be together in ways that would simply not happen with loud music blasting from traditional loudspeakers.

Ultra adjustable headbands on our fully disinfected headphones accommodate all head sizes.

Heads come in all shapes and sizes in any group, but this can be extra important with this demographic and broad age range.

Silent disco headphones are highly adjustable so they fit just right and won’t fall off during dancing.

In every party, we get some dancers that really get into the music. This is especially true with our special-needs guests. Some of them have dance moves that just won’t quit!

Even if the headphones stay on with extra vigorous dancing, if they are too tight, that is just as bad.

The ear pads are very soft and comfortable so they don’t feel too tight even after an extended amount of wearing time.

The importance of everyone feeling included cannot be overstated. It is the headphones make it happen.

The ability to switch channels enhances the feeling of control for the autistic guest.

We use three-channel versions of the headphones which allow party guests to choose between three different songs at any giving time.

Everyone likes to have a sense of control over their environment and the special-needs community is no exception.

So they not only have the ability to control their volume, but they also have the ability to control which song they are listening to with just the flick of a switch on the headphones.

This control over what is happening inside their headphones makes the guests more comfortable, more confident, and in turn, more able to party together with the whole group.

The headphones give the feeling of inclusiveness and individual comfort at the same time.

In other words, the headphone wearing party guest has the best of both worlds.

As an individual, the headphones make them feel safe and in control of their environment.

As a member of the group, the headphones help them to feel more included and therefore, able to participate more fully within the group.

In summary, how do the headphones create this magic of togetherness and celebration for the special-needs community?

Every guest feels more comfortable, more in control and more included. From there it is is so much easier for them to celebrate and have fun together.

Ready to rent our fully disinfected silent disco headphones for your next event?

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But I want everyone to be together! Won’t headphones separate us?

Au Contrair!

Silent Disco headphones do not separate people at a party.

In fact, our headphones bring people together by solving the two problems that most often separate guests.

What are the two biggest problems that guests have when they attend a party that uses loudspeakers, thus forcing everyone to listen to the same music at the same volume?

Guests are concerned about the music volume and the music selections.

Newsflash! Silent Disco headphones solve both problems!

This article will discuss the differences between the traditional loudspeaker format and the Silent Disco headphone format when it comes to the two concerns of volume and content.

I will show how loudspeakers separate guests over these two issues and Silent Disco headphones bring them together.

First I will explain the two problems, then I will explain the solution.

How music volume separates guests when loudspeakers are used:

#1) A significant number of people literally leave the party when the volume goes up.

Is that togetherness?

#2) A few socialites with concerns about their hearing health stay but use earplugs. Have you ever tried to talk to someone with earplugs in? It can be difficult.

Is that the level of togetherness you want?

#3) Most people limit their talking because of the music volume and when they need to talk they must raise their voice to be heard by the other person.

Is this the best you can do on togetherness?

How music selection separates guests when loudspeakers are used:

#1) A significant number of people literally leave the dance floor when they don’t like the song that is playing. The people who do like the song stay.

Is that togetherness?

#2) A few people never dance unless it is a slow song or a group dance they can do without a partner. I have seen many DJ’s limit slow songs and to one or two a night and avoid group dances completely.

This means that some people are not getting together on the dance floor at all.

#3) Musical taste tends to separate people by demographic. Older people tend to like older songs and will only dance to those. White males tend to like hard rock and will only dance to those. These are only examples and their are plenty of people that don’t fit the mold, but it is clear that different guests respond differently to different music selections.

When only one song can be played at a time, that song is dictating who is together on the dance floor and who is standing off to the side- separated from the party by the music selection.

How Silent Disco headphones solve the problem of music volume:

There is no volume if you are not wearing the headphones – so the volume barrier is gone. It is easy to talk to each other.

THAT is togetherness.

Those older folks who just want to talk, can stay the whole time! They don’t have to leave the party early!

THAT is togetherness.

Each headset has its own volume control.
So if you want to hear the music and dance, you choose the volume so you don’t have to go home early with a headache.

THAT is togetherness.

If you want to dance and talk, you have only one side of the headphones on your ear or lift the ear cups just a bit during the conversation. The music volume drops right down due to the proximity effect of the headphones and you can talk easily for as long as you want.

THAT is togetherness!

If you want to hear the music, talk, and not dance, you just wear the headphones around your neck. The volume will be just loud enough for you to keep track of what is playing. At the same time, conversation is at a normal speaking volume. And you hear everything the other person says. No more nodding and smiling because you didn’t understand what the said but are tired of yelling “What?” all the time.

Now THAT is what we call togetherness!

How Silent Disco headphones solve the problem of music selections:

Our Silent Disco headphones give you the option of three different channels of music.

This means the DJ is playing three songs at the same time. One channel might be oldies. One might be old school hip hop. Another might be top 40 dance music.

The guests don’t have to leave the dance-floor because they don’t like the song that is playing, they just switch their channel and keep on dancing so more people stay on the dance-floor.

And THAT is togetherness!

They might be listening to different songs while dancing. They are dancing together! The fact that they are listening to different songs has nothing to do with it.

They have the option of dancing to the same song if they want, but they also have the ability to choose between the two other channels and multiply their happiness with being TOGETHER on the dance-floor.

That is togetherness!

Without the headphones, one person would be leaving the dance-floor and one person staying. That is separation!

I can hear Seth Godin saying that some people just wish everyone would like the same music selections at he same volume. Yes, that would be nice, but it is not going to happen. Headphones embrace this truth instead of fighting it.

In addition to the three different channels of music and your own volume control, Silent Disco Headphones also give you the option of no music! Yes, you can remove the headphones! And take a break from the music! Have a conversation with your friends and family about how much fun you are having together!

THAT is togetherness!

You have the option of talking to your grandparents who decided to stay because the music is not too loud. Now they can actually talk and be together with their family and friends.

Let’s all say it together!

THAT is togetherness!

If you have any questions about how to integrate Silent Disco equipment into your next party, I’d love to help. You can contact me, email me or call me. We have the equipment you can rent and we have the experience that we can share.

User Tips and Troubleshooting our Silent Disco Equipment

While this article will be helpful no matter who you rented your equipment from, some specific details will pertain only to our equipment at www.silent-disco-rental.com

Our headphones:

Earpieces light up Red, Blue, or Green depending upon which of the three channels you select.


Notice that the headphones have a right and a left. This helps the user find their controls.

You need to know how to handle volume issues:

Volume issues are usually caused by the volume of the source music being too low.

If the headphones are not loud enough, it is because the source music is not loud enough.

Additionally, the music going into each of the transmitters needs to be at the same volume in order for the headphone wearers to hear the same volume as they scroll through the channels.

If you are using phones, tablets or laptops to run the music, start with their volume all the way up.

Double check to make sure that both the hardware and software volumes on your devices are all the way up.

Then if one device is playing louder than the others, back the volume of that device down until it matches the volume of the others.

Make sure your DJ (or person running the music) is turning down their headphone volume before they turn down the source volume. This allows the dancers maximum ability to raise or lower the volume in their own headphones.

Charging the headphones (Just in case):

Your headphones arrive from us fully charged, so you won’t need to charge them under ordinary circumstances.

Charger adapters are included with your shipment. (check the outside zipper compartment of the transmitter case)

Use the charger jack on the headphones. When the Headphones are being charged, the charge indicator lights up red. When the headphones are fully charged, the indicator lights up green.

It takes about 3 hours for the headphones to charge fully and they will run for about 10 hours per charge. The amount of draw on the batteries varies by the volume level, and so operating time varies accordingly.

And Now Our Transmitters:

If you use the high setting, headphones too close to the transmitters will cause interference noises in the system.

Our transmitters are already plugged in and set to the correct channels.

Critical information about the Low/High setting on the transmitters:


For a typical sized party, the setting should be kept on Low.

The only time you should use the high setting is if you are doing a huge block party or a multi-room party with a ton of people.

Warning: If you do set the transmitter(s) on high, make sure there are no headphones close to it(them). It can cause an annoying crackle of interference under the right circumstances.

You never want headphones right next to the transmitters, but the proximity effect is more pronounced when the power setting is on high.

That being said, in some rooms you may find some radio-frequency dead spots where users are losing the signal. Go ahead and switch the transmitters to high. That will usually solve the problem.

You can be a hero just by checking this:

It looks plugged in but it is not. Sometimes you have to touch it or wiggle it in order to tell.

Nine out of ten times, the problem is that something is not plugged in.

Make sure everything is plugged in by checking every plug point with your eyes and with your fingers.

From there, double check your music player or DJ mixer outputs.

When you rent your equipment from us at www.silent-disco-rental.com, we give you our number so that you can call or video chat. From there, we can usually fix any problems that come up.

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