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post #16 of 27

Sennheiser HD650 is one of the BEST headphones for people with sensitive hearing. It is a very mid-centric phone with almost no energy up top compared to some Grados. Really recommended.

post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by MellonCollie View Post

Does anyone know if tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss?

 

Is it likely that someone with hearing loss has tinnitus? or vice versa

 

Tinnitus and hearing loss normally go hand-in-hand.

post #18 of 27

Actually the mad dog with alpha pads is very good in this regard. It's balance is brilliant, so you don't feel the need to turn up the volume. It's the most relaxing headphone that I listen to.

post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by maarek99 View Post

Sennheiser HD650 is one of the BEST headphones for people with sensitive hearing. It is a very mid-centric phone with almost no energy up top compared to some Grados. Really recommended.

What do you think of the hd 449s? or anything in that price range for sensitive hearing?

post #20 of 27

It got me too. I'm totally screwed. Doctor said in my case it would be best if I just gave up the hobby and limit headphone use as much as possible. I hope this never happens to anyone else. In my defense, I had no knowledge of tinitus. I'm hoping threads like these may help with that. I posted my own experiences here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/659210/stick-a-fork-in-me-im-done-dr-says-no-more-headphones

 

Tell anyone you know about it please. If I'd know this could happen I would have done things much differently. redface.gif

post #21 of 27
I have had tinnitus for years. I have found no cure. I simply ignore it as much as possible. I use Sennheiser HD558s. They are comfortable to wear and the sound isn't too fatiguing , even with long listening sessions.
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by MellonCollie View Post

Does anyone know if tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss?

Is it likely that someone with hearing loss has tinnitus? or vice versa

Not necessarily. I have mild tinnitus, and when I went to the doctor for a physical, they said that my hearing is flawless from highs to lows.
post #23 of 27

I've found that warmer, darker headphones like HD650 or even HE500 (compared to, say, K701 or T1) make me turn up the volume quite a bit more than brighter headphones. They are easier on the ears, by far, but because I end up turning up the volume - to hear more upper frequency detail, I think - the end result is probably not better for my ears at all. 

 

My impression so far is that headphones that are often considered "fun", like the Denons, are actually very good for low level listening. In that case the U-curve it's no longer a "fun" signature, but just a compensation in the lower and upper registers for the low listening level

 

These are just general thoughts about listening levels. For someone who already has tinnitus, perhaps the darker headphones are still the better option.


Edited by Utopia - 4/20/13 at 12:10am
post #24 of 27
Thread Starter 

Ok. I have realized that Grado is out. I have really tried with my wonderful ps 500. And they make my ears hurt really bad. Now I have tried th Sennheiser HD 650. For my sensitive ears, they are great. I can listen to them at relative hight volymes for long time without any problems. However, the sound is really boring. They sound like toy-cups compared to the Grados .

post #25 of 27
Thread Starter 

Has anyone with sensitive ears tries the audeze? What is your opinion about those headphones?

post #26 of 27

I found the Audeze's fairly easy listening in terms of treble, but there's a shoutiness to the vocal range that I find a bit overbearing. 

post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by Utopia View Post

I've found that warmer, darker headphones like HD650 or even HE500 (compared to, say, K701 or T1) make me turn up the volume quite a bit more than brighter headphones. They are easier on the ears, by far, but because I end up turning up the volume - to hear more upper frequency detail, I think - the end result is probably not better for my ears at all. 

 

My impression so far is that headphones that are often considered "fun", like the Denons, are actually very good for low level listening. In that case the U-curve it's no longer a "fun" signature, but just a compensation in the lower and upper registers for the low listening level

 

These are just general thoughts about listening levels. For someone who already has tinnitus, perhaps the darker headphones are still the better option.

 

If the problem is with loudness, and if that is the only thing that is in consideration, then I prefer by far a headphone where the emphasis is on the midrange/bass rather than either end. I have in general found 'n' shaped headphones to be more comfortable for prolonged listening than 'u' shaped headphones. We perceive, feel, sound to be louder at different frequencies, even though the sound energy emanating at these frequencies is the same. Looking at the fletcher-munson hearing curves, treble frequencies that are accentuated by a lot of U shaped headphones are the ones that we are the most sensitive to. 

 

What this means, in my personal experience, is that bar headphones with sharp peaks/resonant problems (surfacing at the normal listening volume), the n shaped, or flat headphones will be more comfortable for listening than the u or r shaped ones.

 

Of course there are plenty of other things that cause hearing fatigue apart from this. One would be something I experience with the grado gr8, where despite the highs being very tame and no peaks present in its soundscape, it's restricted soundstage make it sometimes fatiguing. Keeping it at low volumes solves this obviously, making it an intensely relaxing earphone overall BUT so boring that I can't be bothered to listen to it - makes me sleepy..

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