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Hi

 

I hope this is posted in the correct place. I bought a pair of DT 770 PRO 80ohm about a year ago. When my gf goes to bed then I want to keep working on my tracks so I put the cans on, and then work for up to 5 hours with the phones on at low volumes. This is obviously not sensible, but when your focused on the task, its quite hard to stop!  I have suffered ear damage as a result of this.

 

Because the DT770 PRO is a closed back headphone, it seems to 'clamp' you in to the sound and seems quite punishing on the sensitive ear. I know I need to wear the cans for shorter periods for less exposure, but I have been considering if there is any other ways to protect my hearing - 

 

Some questions I have

 

  • Are open backed headphones kinder on the ear because of the open air design? 
  • I want to compose tracks (often at unsocial hours for long periods) with my gf asleep (a light sleeper) in the next room. Would open headphones wake her up?
  • Would it be worth selling my 770 PRO's to opt for an open or semi-open model to protect my ears or would there not be a noticeable difference?
  • Which model would you recommend for my circumstances 880 or 990? I need a neutral honest image (sounds like the 880) but would prefer the fully open design (990). Or should I consider other models?

 

 

Thanks very much for any advice

 

 

Paul


Edited by xenon20 - 5/20/12 at 4:04am
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Not too sure if this is of much help. It may be useful to note that there are more teenagers as young as 12 who are suffering from impaired hearing these days due to the loud environment that we live in apart from the use of iPods and MP3 players. The damage associated with noise-induced hearing loss is irreversible, so the best thing to do is to practice good listening habits especially when using headphones of whatever type. Try to listen at moderate(or below average) volume levels if possible, especially if listening sessions are prolonged.

 

I believe the type of headphones(closed or open-back etc.) does not matter too much in preventing further damage to your ears. The most critical point to consider is to limit the SPLs to your ears, and that can be done by a simple turn on the volume knob of your headamp that you have control on(or the volume control on your laptop if the headphones are connected to it).


Edited by ryder78 - 5/20/12 at 4:29am
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Welcome to the forums Paul. Sorry to hear about the hearing loss you seem to be experiencing. How is it manifesting?

 

Open back headphones will probably be worse for your situation because they let ambient noise in and generally have less bass volume, both of which on average cause the user to increase volume.

 

Open back headphones will probably wake your gf up if a) she's a light sleeper and b) you're playing at anything above low volume.

 

I would recommend trying to find an IEM that has a similar sound signature to the DT880 you use and enjoy. Using an IEM with good isolation will tend to prevent you from increasing volume to cover outside noises. Also, like it says in my signature, take a 10 minute listening break, with no auditory stimulus, not even television, every. single. hour. of listening. Long-term low volume is more damaging than short-term high volume.

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Originally Posted by xenon20 View Post
I hope this is posted in the correct place. I bought a pair of DT 770 PRO 80ohm about a year ago. When my gf goes to bed then I want to keep working on my tracks so I put the cans on, and then work for up to 5 hours with the phones on at low volumes. This is obviously not sensible, but when your focused on the task, its quite hard to stop!  I have suffered ear damage as a result of this.

Because the DT770 PRO is a closed back headphone, it seems to 'clamp' you in to the sound and seems quite punishing on the sensitive ear. I know I need to wear the cans for shorter periods for less exposure, but I have been considering if there is any other ways to protect my hearing - 

Are open backed headphones kinder on the ear because of the open air design?

I want to compose tracks (often at unsocial hours for long periods) with my gf asleep (a light sleeper) in the next room. Would open headphones wake her up?

Would it be worth selling my 770 PRO's to opt for an open or semi-open model to protect my ears or would there not be a noticeable difference?

Which model would you recommend for my circumstances 880 or 990? I need a neutral honest image (sounds like the 880) but would prefer the fully open design (990). Or should I consider other models?

The grip on those closed DT770 make a nice sealed chamber and the 80-Ohm is the bassier version of the DT770

The DT880 are closer to open headphones, then semi-open headphones.

I would say sell off the DT770 and get Audio Technica ATH-A900.

Or AKG K240 semi-open headphones.

post #5 of 5

Maybe try and EQ the higher frequencies down they tend to be the most damaging! I have the DT770 and sometimes it can become piercing due to the 8kHz spike they have

 

The main thing is to take a 5 to 10 min break every hour or so, something I need to do more tbh and also try and listen at lower volumes 

 

Good luck mate 

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