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post #16 of 30
My L ear is 1.5 - 3 dB less sensitive. It also does not hear deep bass, so I prefer bassy headphones to compensate this. I also like to use balance control whenever it is possible for centering the image. Unfortunately, balance control does not help with low bass location, it shifted to the right anyway. I yet to visit audiologist for detailed hearing test.
post #17 of 30
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My L ear is 1.5 - 3 dB less sensitive. It also does not hear deep bass, so I prefer bassy headphones to compensate this. I also like to use balance control whenever it is possible for centering the image. Unfortunately, balance control does not help with low bass location, it shifted to the right anyway. I yet to visit audiologist for detailed hearing test.
Sorry to hear this. Did you have this loss from birth?

BTW, I found a great online hearing test here. It is a very precise test if you do it in a quite place with isolating headphones. It's very simple to use it - set the volume low enough so that the lowest sound you can hear from the frequencies on the graph falls at around the 0 db mark. Here are my results. Red is right ear, blue is left ear and black is apparently the ideal response of the human ear, although in the 2-4k range a perfectly healthy ear can ideally pick up sounds below the 0 db too:

This is using my Hifiman RE0:

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o...2/6b8cc773.jpg

This is using my Ortofon e-Q7:

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/Bioman2/2.jpg

Note that I tested with background noise of about 50db - the isolation that my RE0 and e-Q7 offer which is around 20db, so not ideal conditions of course and thus not ideal results, but I think reasonably close to the results I got when I was tested professionally. As evident from the graph, my left is noticeably weaker at 16k+. Also, I cannot hear below about 30 Hz with either ear.
post #18 of 30
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Sorry to hear this. Did you have this loss from birth?
I do not think so. My hearing was incredible in childhood and causes some problems to my family members, when they tried to converse in whispers.

Thank you for the test, I will try it with my custom tipped ER-4S.

I am sure the brain take very important role in hearing and it may adjust some sort of EQ-ing and balance in case like mine. Sometimes I even tried to do this deliberately and succeeded for a while. It took some serious efforts but imbalance returned soon as I lost concentration.
post #19 of 30
My left ear is less sensitive to upper mids and highs. I believe is from driving w/ the window down while driving my car. Regardless, it is what it is.
post #20 of 30
How can these online tests be accurate by any means?
post #21 of 30
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How can these online tests be accurate by any means?
The vast majority are not, but the WWW hearing test is quite accurate I think.
post #22 of 30
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I do not think so. My hearing was incredible in childhood and causes some problems to my family members, when they tried to converse in whispers.

Thank you for the test, I will try it with my custom tipped ER-4S.

I am sure the brain take very important role in hearing and it may adjust some sort of EQ-ing and balance in case like mine. Sometimes I even tried to do this deliberately and succeeded for a while. It took some serious efforts but imbalance returned soon as I lost concentration.
I am sorry to hear that even more. I think I also used to have awesome hearing until I began blasting cheap earbuds at high volumes as a teen. I regret it every day now. I remember how I used to blast music all day long without giving my poor ears any breaks at all. Oh well, we do often learn from our mistakes - that's just part of human nature. At least I learned to take good care of whatever hearing I still have left.
post #23 of 30
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Nobody want to admit to having bad ears

Okay I will be the first. Some months ago I got a cold. I had to cycle in rain for 5 km to the airport which probably didn´t make things better. The flight was absolutely hellish. After that pretty much deaf in both ears for two weeks. My right ear haven´t recovered like my left ear though. I got a new cold following the old one pretty quick... Dunno if it´s permanent but trying to clean my right ear with water and those solvents just make it swollen for some reason. Doesn´t at all behave like my left. Going to give it two more weeks then have to find some specialist somewhere. Dunno how much you can trust on line hearing tests.
aaaa now I see why you like Ultrasone so much :P

I did't had any problems with my ears, thank God!
post #24 of 30

Hi miloxo,

 

I'm just wondering ... if you say you've had pretty bad hearing, are you still able to appreciate, say, the differences between different sets of phones?
 

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I have very bad ears

Since i was born, I have a pretty bad hearing loss. I dont know how much %, but its really hard to follow conversations with more then 2 people. on one one is usually fine (if the surroundings are silence).

Im 17 now, and have 2 hearings aids (friggin expensive, $1800 each) but they helped me allot!

Besides my hearing loss, I have slight tinnitus in my right ear, nothing serious.
And, on top of that, both ears sound TOTALLY different. not just slight, they really sound like 2 different ears! But I dont know wich ear is worse..
post #25 of 30

Since we're bringing this one back from the brink, I'll weigh in. My left ear is a little stronger than my right--vocals and leads tend to appear left of center. I've tested this with headphones playing a mono signal (a 440Hz sine wave) and found I had to move the balance knob a little to the right to center the signal. It's not my equipment, as the same thing happens with all my headphones and sources. I also haven't tested up and down the frequency spectrum to see if the discrepancy remains constant or not.

 

I've posted on here before about this. Since then I discovered something I never realized: my right ear is an inch farther forward than my left one. I never noticed it before, but when listening on stereo speakers I tend to tilt my head just a little to the right to find the sweet spot. I wonder if I haven't been compensating for this oddity my whole life and didn't find a medium between physically reorienting myself and developing a hearing imbalance. I'll tell you one thing, though. Those of you with perfectly balanced hearing have no idea how annoying it is to have vocals and lead instruments that are supposed to be centered come from somewhere off to the left. It screws up my whole sense of proper imaging. There was always something about the headphone presentation that bothered me, but I couldn't put my finger on it. The DT880's wider soundstage made the imbalance more obvious.

 

After having adjusted the balance correctly, I'm generally a lot happier. Sadly, I can't take my correction with me for portable listening, so I'm right back to everything being skewed to the left.

post #26 of 30

 

 

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Sadly, I can't take my correction with me for portable listening, so I'm right back to everything being skewed to the left.

The Cowon J3 has a balance setting.  wink_face.gif

post #27 of 30

I've had ear problems since I was a kid, which has left me a little deaf in my left ear.

post #28 of 30

Music-lovers with unilateral hearing loss should try out the Yuni Headphone, which uses a separate speaker for the two channels, but places them in a single earpiece, one above and one below the ear. http://tinyurl.com/yuniheadphone or on FB: https://www.facebook.com/YuniHeadphones

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post #30 of 30
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Originally Posted by Argyris View Post

Since we're bringing this one back from the brink, I'll weigh in. My left ear is a little stronger than my right--vocals and leads tend to appear left of center. I've tested this with headphones playing a mono signal (a 440Hz sine wave) and found I had to move the balance knob a little to the right to center the signal. It's not my equipment, as the same thing happens with all my headphones and sources. I also haven't tested up and down the frequency spectrum to see if the discrepancy remains constant or not.

 

I've posted on here before about this. Since then I discovered something I never realized: my right ear is an inch farther forward than my left one. I never noticed it before, but when listening on stereo speakers I tend to tilt my head just a little to the right to find the sweet spot. I wonder if I haven't been compensating for this oddity my whole life and didn't find a medium between physically reorienting myself and developing a hearing imbalance. I'll tell you one thing, though. Those of you with perfectly balanced hearing have no idea how annoying it is to have vocals and lead instruments that are supposed to be centered come from somewhere off to the left. It screws up my whole sense of proper imaging. There was always something about the headphone presentation that bothered me, but I couldn't put my finger on it. The DT880's wider soundstage made the imbalance more obvious.

 

After having adjusted the balance correctly, I'm generally a lot happier. Sadly, I can't take my correction with me for portable listening, so I'm right back to everything being skewed to the left.

 

Hey people, good to see others having problems. I have the same problem as this, pretty much.

 

Although I do want to say one thing, that I don't understand: I recently had a professional audiogram done about when I started noticing the loss in my right ear. To my pleasant surprise, I have better hearing in the affected ear than the left. The audiogram showed no hearing loss, and my hearing is much better than average in both ears, despite me having tinnitus for the past few years. 

 

So this is odd, how on earth could this be just a perceived hearing loss, rather than actual?? My affected ear has aural fullness sometimes as well, and can hurt or be sensitive to headphones sometimes. 

 

 

Things I've thought could be the culprit: swelling due to TMJD, acoustic neuroma, chronic ear fatigue (due to me listening to headphones almost relentlessly (albeit not loudly) due to their addictive nature, as well as attending live music about once a week, even though i wear earplugs), and eustachian tube disfunction. I should note that my ear never experiences fullness or discomfort with live music or IEMs, but ONLY with headphones (ultrasone dj1 but way less with my new hd650)

 

But yeah main problem is this imaging issue, where everything appears to be left of center. Oh yeah and it fluctuates! sometimes it seems almost center and sometimes it comes from way off left. Sorry this is a lot of info. And last thing: when i hold my nose to equalize pressure (which i do often because of the weird fullness feeling that feels like i need to equalize my ears), the affected ear definitely does some weird stuff, like it takes more air to fill it. if i blow in and out, it just seems like mucous is flowing in and out of my ear. But the doc said i don't have fluid in my middle ear...

 

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! If you can't tell i've been obsessive with this.. its driving me crazy. I really feel bad for you other guys on here that have hearing aids n stuff, that must be really tough :( 

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