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post #61 of 67
A lot of good info in this thread. Although I'm only 21 years old, I don't notice any signs of hearing loss or tinnitus.

I'll definitely be more mindful of listening volume, I know its easy to get into the music and get carried away.
post #62 of 67
Whenever i insert my Shure E2c, it always give alot of pressure to my ear (sometimes it hurts =S), so i found a way to make the pressure less by opening my mouth a little bit upon insertion and it helps. Also when i use E2c for long the pressure will build up, just opening my mouth a little usually helps make it go away. (i using the smallest white tip for E2c, my small black tip gone T_T).
post #63 of 67
My tinnitus has recently become really bad and has really stressed me out. Thing is I switched to nearfield speakers for 2-3 months and that may have helped aggravate and make my tinnitus worse.

I think one important thing to note is to watch your volume level and to make sure that over time you aren't just upping the volume level because that would be a bad thing.

As for tinnitus, I know a lot of people have it so the brain must be able to get used to the sound (high frequency whine/buzzing). I told my friend about my tinnitus and now a week later, he's getting freaked out because he notices it too all the time, so I think it's somewhat psychological. There's an article that says that even when the nerves to the ears are cut, you'll still "hear" the tinnitus even though you are deaf.

I've always protected my hearing as a kid so I'm somewhat unlucky in how I obtained the tinnitus. I think it's important to always take care of your hearing all the time, one simple slip up can be all it takes to have hearing loss. I've been using canal phones (Sony's) since 2003 and got my E500/SE530's back in October 2007. Recently I sold all my sound equipment (my speaker system) in part because of my tinnitus and now when I'm using the E500's, I can hear the ringing even when music starts playing. I really should get an appoint with the audiologist for Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. I told my friend to do the same.
post #64 of 67
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Originally Posted by voicemaster View Post
Whenever i insert my Shure E2c, it always give alot of pressure to my ear (sometimes it hurts =S), so i found a way to make the pressure less by opening my mouth a little bit upon insertion and it helps. Also when i use E2c for long the pressure will build up, just opening my mouth a little usually helps make it go away. (i using the smallest white tip for E2c, my small black tip gone T_T).
Assuming your ear drum is intact, it probably isn't air pressure you are talking about (in your second case). Air pressure can not build up while you are listen to your E2c cause the ear canal should be fully sealed (no air movement). IMO, the most likely cause is fatigue. Moving your jaw helps relaxing your canal a bit.

As for your first case, just don't jam the IEM straight into you ear canal. Try to avoid sealing the canal before the IEM gets into its intended position.
post #65 of 67
I guess this thread would be suitable enough for my guestion...

So, I'm thinkin about getting a portable amp, mostly for my computer with DT770s, but also with my IEMs (or DT770s) on my portable player (E2Cs at the moment, but I'm going to upgrade them...). The guestion I'm concerned about is that will an amp make the sound louder? I'm already listening with my IEMs on as low volume as possible with my player, or just a little louder, and if an amp increases the volume level, it won't be nice. I just want better SQ. Of course, I'll buy an amp with low and high gain, but still, will this be a problem?

Sometimes I'm thinking that the music I listen to with my IEMs is too loud, although it's as low volume as possible. I mean I wouldn't listen that loud, if I could decrease the volume. I haven't got an SPL meter, but I think it would be really strange if the volume I got out of my really tiny Philips mp3-player, for example, could damage my hearing...?
post #66 of 67
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
hello everyone - again.



firstly, may i preface this by saying that i am quite a close-sighted person seeing only about 10-14 cm in front of my clearly. it is sad, my glasses weigh more than my shoes. in any case, my eyes got steadily worse when i spent more time indoors studying and then much worse in the 2 years that i worked for a small company publishing small insignificant magazines. i was always at the computer, letting my eyes always rest on the monitor. i would spend hours setting things up and down in illustrator and indesign and then go home to check out headfi or so.

they are bad, worse than ever after a period of no change at all - until the dreaded computer everyday for so long.

well, for iems, i think that some of the same logic may apply. i do as many have tinnitus now and i am quite sure that iems have affected my hearing negatively. surelly what i am about to say will not apply to everyone - just as some eyes are better than others.

Not to belittle, but the stare at computer/read at night myths about damaging eyesight are just that - myths. They can tire you out and give you a headache, though.

I usually use IEMS as earplugs with a light soundtrack, and I am sure the net effect is less SPL than if I had no plugs at all and a bus rumbled by. I'd recommend you see an audiologist if you feel tinnitus coming on - it could be just stress or allergies.
post #67 of 67
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Originally Posted by nc8000 View Post

I love my iem's as I hate earbuds but I have been thinking about limiting their use but from a completely different angle. I usually use them for 3-4 hours at a time as that is how long my stretches of transport often amount to. What I'm wondering is whether the fact that you don't get fresh air circulating to the ears could have some effect just like some people have problems using contact lenses because they don't get air enough to the eye.

 

I have had several ear infections as a result of extensively using IEMs for very long periods. I clean my IEMs with antiseptic alcohol wipes fairly regularly but having your ears plugged up for hours causes problems. ...the Shure 846s sound good enough to hazard the occasional infection. I love my 846s - I have many more expensive headphones (HD 800s, Grado P1000s, among others)... nothing is quite like these IEMs. 

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