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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone.

 

I am really sorry if I am posting this in the wrong place.

 

I am wondering if you could help me at all.

 

I am looking for some really good quality headphones, I am willing to spend up to £100 ($150). I would really like them to have great sound quality/base and anything else that would make using them more enjoyable. 

 

The only snag is that they have to be as loud as possible with very little noise-leakage. I know you may be thinking that it's not very wise buying some extremely loud headphones but you see I am profoundly deaf and I have very bad tinnitus. My hearing loss is not due to loud noise from headphones/music, rather antibiotics. This time last year I had perfect hearing and now I can barely hear anything. I now watch TV or listen to music through headphones and my current ones are no longer up to the job which is why I am on the lookout for some new headphones and some help from experts like you.

 

I am worried that if I have loud headphones I would annoy or bother other people around me as there might be noise-leakage. The last thing I would want to do is annoy anyone around me. IT's really important that there isn't much noise leaking out. 

 

I would be really grateful for any help and advice.

 

Take care and warm regards.

 

Robbie.

 

P.S. Please be careful with your hearing, take it from someone who knows. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. I'm only 19 myself.


Edited by Robbie273 - 7/14/10 at 6:59am
post #2 of 15
If you want loud, I highly suggest purchasing an amp. That will make any set of headphones 2x-3x louder.
post #3 of 15

Wouldn't playing music louder just further the problem?

post #4 of 15

You might want to look into DJ headphones, or headphones advertised as being capable of delivering high SPL. What you want is something that can play loud without distorting.

 

There are two other issues though, since you already have hearing loss.

 

One, do you have an audiogram profiling your hearing loss? If your hearing loss isn't the same at every frequency, you might want to use an EQ to compensate.

 

Two, what kind of damage do you have exactly? I'm not a doctor and I can't vouch for this, but I have a feeling that playing music loud will further damage what little hearing you have, so you should keep your rock out sessions fairly short.

 

Finally, I'm sorry for your loss, and I hope you find a safe way to enjoy your music.

post #5 of 15

im going to have to recommend the senn hd25II, blow your head off loud

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for getting back to me so quickly. 

 

It's strange the headphones will be playing loud, but to me it would actually be playing at a reasonable level. I do have an audiogram of my hearing loss in all frequency ranges and it's not all the same loss, My worst affected area is high frequency ranges so it sounds like an EQ would be a really good idea. 

 

Last year while trying to treat an Atypical Mycobacterium with IV antibiotics my body went into renal failure and the aminoglycoside antibiotics I was on built up to toxic levels which led to Ototoxicity. At a hearing appointment once the audiologist said I had the hearing of a man who has worked in an extremely noisy environment without ear protection for 30+ years. Since then it has deteriorated further which is quite a pain.

 

Again, thank you all so much for getting back to me so soon.

post #7 of 15

well thats not a good thing, I suggest iems for you and not loud headphones

 

its better to pump audio direct into the ear at decent level than blast loud music with full size or on ears

 

iems are the way to go i think

post #8 of 15


 

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Originally Posted by Robbie273 View Post

Thank you all for getting back to me so quickly. 

 

It's strange the headphones will be playing loud, but to me it would actually be playing at a reasonable level. I do have an audiogram of my hearing loss in all frequency ranges and it's not all the same loss, My worst affected area is high frequency ranges so it sounds like an EQ would be a really good idea. 

 

Last year while trying to treat an Atypical Mycobacterium with IV antibiotics my body went into renal failure and the aminoglycoside antibiotics I was on built up to toxic levels which led to Ototoxicity. At a hearing appointment once the audiologist said I had the hearing of a man who has worked in an extremely noisy environment without ear protection for 30+ years. Since then it has deteriorated further which is quite a pain.

 

Again, thank you all so much for getting back to me so soon.


Robbie, your situation is a specific one and I think you should direct your question to your audiologist.

 

Good luck

post #9 of 15

you'll want a grado.
 

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

Me again. 

 

I really can't get on with any in ear devices for long periods which is why I would really like headphones.

 

I emailed my audiologist this morning and I got a reply not so long ago. He isn't too clued up on headphones but he did say if I could get a pair loud enough and download some software which will let me choose how many decibels I would like each frequency range then it should work quite well.

 

It's just the headphones I am looking for, I might get some good in ear earphones at a much later date for short periods of time but for now I would really be grateful for any suggestions you have. After all, you are the experts here. 

 

To me, hearing the world is like being at the bottom of a swimming pool you have just dived into, everything is muffled, quiet and not clear at all. My family do get annoyed with my current headphones as they leak noise and the headphones starting to get to the end of its usable life from me pushing it to it's limits on a regular basis. They are Sony MDR-XD200.

 

I really do appreciate all of your help 

post #11 of 15
Do you wear hearing aids? I'm not terribly familiar with them, but I think there are ones with Bluetooth or other wireless capability. Perhaps something like that could be connected to a stereo. If you're interested in traditional closed headphones, a favorite of mine is the Sony MDR-7509HD. They're a professional set and I use mine on airplane trips and whenever I don't want to bother people. They're comfortable for long listening sessions.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply Uncle Erik.

 

I do use hearing aids and have listened to music through bluetooth but I find that they are not powerful enough and rather tinny. I have tried using hearing aids with my current headphones but all I get is really loud feedback which is why I would love to find some headphones without using the hearing aids and getting that feedback noise. Hearing aids don't quite give you the same listening experience as headphones which is why I would love some good sound quality loud headphones.

 

Thank you for your suggestion, I will go and have a look :-) 

post #13 of 15

As a thought, based on something i read somewhere:

Is your hearing loss permanent? 

 

If your hearing loss is only temporary (I certainly hope so) you are doing yourself LOTS of harm by exposing yourself to loud sounds now. Even though you may not be able to hear them, loud sounds will still damage your ears. 

 

On that note, Etymotic ER4s will play at about 120db. Most IEM's are capable of achieving exceptionally high SPL's.

post #14 of 15

Akg k450 will blow you brains out unamped, if thats what you want !?


Edited by loopfreak - 7/14/10 at 3:58pm
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm afraid it is permanent and will never stop deteriorating . They say once it starts you just can't stop it :-(

 

Thanks for giving me a decibel rating , when I had my hearing test I was almost off the chart in some of the frequencies so it really helps knowing what kind of volume the headphones will be delivering.

 

Again, I can't thank you all enough. I will now search up on your suggestions  

 

Take care

 

Bye for now 

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