Originally Posted by wlb
Originally Posted by Jack Kontney
Not to be a buzzkill, but how about a little perspective? If you just keep buying progressively higher sensitivities and turning it up louder, you're only making the problem worse. And how will it feel to not hear anything at all? I recommend spending the same money on a good audiologist or ENT to assess the situation.
Personally, I want to enjoy music throughout my lifespan. It's a quality of life issue.
OK, back to your regular programming...
I apprerciate the concern, it is however a little assumptive, I did mention in my post that this will not affect or worsen my hearing, if I need to go into the detail to get advice so be it..
I have severe hearing loss due to a history of complications (medical term Cholesteatome), all my life I have been surrounded by audiologists, ENT surgeons and specialists alike. I wear Hearing aids to function normally in society so I am aware of the value one has on quality of life...The result is high volume will not further damage my hearing. So to improve by my 'quality of life' I would like to enjoy music without hearing aids with a decent volume - now do you have any recommendations on models as I kindly asked initially?
Perhaps you should consider getting a cochlear implant or artificial bones, if your hearing loss wont be affected by loud sounds (which means it is conductive hearing loss)? I'm sure you have discussed this with ENTs/Audiologists, but you really should consider it if it will help you.
They're a bit expensive, but it will change your quality of life forever.
Regarding the IEMs, Many of them will approach extremely loud volumes (112dB +) from just about any portable device. How loud do you need them to be?
I would suggest something balanced, like a ER4P or JH13 (apparently its balanced), because I find balanced or even bass light headphones sound significantly better than bassier headphones - especially when they are turned up. The bonus of these is that they isolate extremely well, if hyperacusis is a big problem for you as well. I also find that things inside the ER4P make tinnitus sound distant, rather than bringing it forward like closed headphones (my tinnitus is due to surgery), so that might help you as well. It does still make it audible to me, however (it is inaudible without isolation)
The good thing about the ER4P - or even better the ER4S is that its clarity allows poor diction to be far more inteligible, which would probably assist you.
Alternatively, you could look at something with a peak at 3k or 6k if you have trouble understanding speech at loud levels.
Best of luck
Edited by MrGreen - 5/6/10 at 9:34am