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How to maintain your hearing quality ? Please share your opinion here

post #1 of 17
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Hi All Head Fi friends

I want share how to maintain our hearing quality from time to time ?
As we know our hearing is very important for us.
With very good hearing quality we can enjoy more music even more
For me music is very important in my life , with hearing music I feel so relax and peaceful .
I am as the one with extreme longer times to hear music every day
Sometimes my wife complain ,please be carefully with your hearing quality , if you hear Mufid to long .

To prevent hearing lost I done regularly about 6 month 1 time going to ENT doctor to test my hearing quality biggrin.gif

In my experience with long listening music hearing as follow :
1. Please don't hear music to loud for longer periods / times
2. For longer hearing time I use as low as I can listen with the volume
3. Every hours I make pause about 5 minute , to fresh my ears
4. Every 6 month I will let my ENT doctor to check my hearing quality

Please share your opinion here , how to protect and maintain your hearing quality

Thank you

post #2 of 17

When I was younger (ages 16-20) I used to go to concerts without any hearing protection. Before that, I was using crappy earbuds that I would have cranked. I haven't gotten my ears tested at all but I'm seriously considering it. I'm sure I have hearing damage from all of the abuse.. Since about 16, at least I was using inner ear buds so I didn't always have the volume cranked. For the last two years I've been super careful with listening volumes, but then again I don't need my SE535's cranked. I also try being very diligent in making sure I have attennuating ear plugs in whenever I'm going to see a live show / concert. I don't care that people think it's weird. It's my hearing and I'm going to do what I can to protect it from now on.

 

Oh I also have tinnitus, but that started from when I got braces.. Wearing earplugs and moderate listening volumes keeps it at the level that I don't particularly notice it. It hasn't gotten to the point where it bothers me but can get worse as I have Temporomandibular joint dysfunction.


Edited by ridethespiral - 4/13/14 at 10:53am
post #3 of 17

Yeah, since IEMs have high isolation, it keeps the outside noise at bare minimum, so that means you can listen to your music at lower volume and hear quite well.  That keeps the volume down, compared to if you are using ear buds which have poor isolation when you are out and about in noisy environments, and you will be more prone to raising the volume to a much higher level to beat the outside noise.

post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by rudi0504 View Post

 

Your left and right, I'm assuming blue and red looks like imbalance there.  

 

Wouldn't it be cool if the CIEM makers can customize to your ear imbalance?  I guess you can EQ, but if you can automatically generate EQ based on your ear measurements, that would be fantastic.


Edited by SilverEars - 4/13/14 at 11:16am
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by ridethespiral View Post

When I was younger (ages 16-20) I used to go to concerts without any hearing protection. Before that, I was using crappy earbuds that I would have cranked. I haven't gotten my ears tested at all but I'm seriously considering it. I'm sure I have hearing damage from all of the abuse.. Since about 16, at least I was using inner ear buds so I didn't always have the volume cranked. For the last two years I've been super careful with listening volumes, but then again I don't need my SE535's cranked. I also try being very diligent in making sure I have attennuating ear plugs in whenever I'm going to see a live show / concert. I don't care that people think it's weird. It's my hearing and I'm going to do what I can to protect it from now on.

Oh I also have tinnitus, but that started from when I got braces.. Wearing earplugs and moderate listening volumes keeps it at the level that I don't particularly notice it. It hasn't gotten to the point where it bothers me but can get worse as I have Temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

Thank you for sharing your experience for us here beerchug.gif
I use also tissue to feel my ears like you if live concert to Loud , don't care what the people said biggrin.gif
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by SilverEars View Post

Your left and right, I'm assuming blue and red looks like imbalance there.  

Wouldn't it be cool if the CIEM makers can customize to your ear imbalance?


I have CIems
But the blue and red are different , because of different test methods :

Blue : the test use like headband clamp on the bone close behind your ears , that I heard the test tone not direct to my ears , through the bone close behind my ears to my ears

Red : the test use over ears headphone ,the test tone go through the air directly to my ears
Edited by rudi0504 - 4/13/14 at 3:50pm
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by SilverEars View Post

Yeah, since IEMs have high isolation, it keeps the outside noise at bare minimum, so that means you can listen to your music at lower volume and hear quite well.  That keeps the volume down, compared to if you are using ear buds which have poor isolation when you are out and about in noisy environments, and you will be more prone to raising the volume to a much higher level to beat the outside noise.

This is very danger if you turn the volume Lauder than outside sound
post #8 of 17
I don't know what that scale along the vertical axis of the chart stand for. They don't appear to be dB.

Hearing aids can boost frequencies in ranges where hearing is severely damaged, but for small imbalances, that wouldn't sound natural. If you hear a little dip in one range of frequencies through your entire day, your brain compensates for it. Boosting that dip only when you are listening to music would sound unnatural because your frame of reference is off.

A balanced response is what you want unless you have seriously damaged hearing and require hearing aids during all your waking hours.
post #9 of 17

That scale is in dB. Anything below the zero line represents a -dB hearing loss. Normal is between 0 - 20.  http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hearing/hearing_testing/understanding_audiogram.html

 

You can see his hearing looks slightly like the equal loudness contour which is neat

 


Edited by ridethespiral - 4/13/14 at 4:02pm
post #10 of 17
What do the two colors indicate? Two tests at different times?
post #11 of 17

One is headphones & one is bone conduction

 

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Originally Posted by rudi0504 View Post

Blue : the test use like headband clamp on the bone close behind your ears , that I heard the test tone not direct to my ears , through the bone close behind my ears to my ears

Red : the test use over ears headphone ,the test tone go through the air directly to my ears

 

 

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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post

What do the two colors indicate? Two tests at different times?
post #12 of 17

Just curious why both headphone and bone conduction tests? 

post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by ridethespiral View Post

That scale is in dB. Anything below the zero line represents a -dB hearing loss. Normal is between 0 - 20.  http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hearing/hearing_testing/understanding_audiogram.html

You can see his hearing looks slightly like the equal loudness contour which is neat



Thank you for sharing your link to hearing test
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by SilverEars View Post

Just curious why both headphone and bone conduction tests? 

Until now I have the same question like you biggrin.gif
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by SilverEars View Post
 

Just curious why both headphone and bone conduction tests? 

I guess it's because we sense or hear through bone conduction I guess.  Google glass was gonna do bone conduction for it's audio output.  

 

I was wondering all the noise that interferces while listening to iems(well isolated) on the train(the train vibrations) is bone conduction noise caused by vibrations of the train?

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