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Hearing loss = reduced bass perception?

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Just asking, nothing else, since I read that hearing loss results in some reduced treble perception.
post #2 of 5
If I recall correctly, the nerves associated with high frequencies are closest to the outside of the ear, and they are the ones that go first. The human hearing curve is shaped like a "U". The bottom end response is supposed to stay relatively constant with aging, but the top end response comes down from 20kHz to around 15kHz at age 50, and will further deteriorate from there.
post #3 of 5
FWIW, I was told by an ENT that I have a slight low frequency hearing loss in my left ear. When listening with headphones, I can tell that bass in not as prominent in that ear.
post #4 of 5
It all depends on what causes the hearing loss.
I have a white dot (scar tissue) on the ear drum and it is less flexible. Therefore when sound waves hit the drum, I cannot perceive some frequencies. I have trouble hearing very low frequencies or in other terms Bass with my right ear.
Scar tissue on the ear drum can be the result of an ear infection. I had many ear infections when I was younger.
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Well, I can't hear anything below 30 Hz in either ear and my useful range stops at around 40 Hz. I think it's genetic for me.
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