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Hello all,

First to the Moderators, I apologize for my other post being in the wrong section of the forums.  It won't happen again. 

I am extremely hard of hearing.  Deaf you could say.  I wear dual hearing aids based on my time in the service. 

I use a Fiio E12 amp (upgraded from an E11).  I currently use almost all the power the E12 can provide.  So much so that the

earbuds I am using get warm/hot over time.  I have tried a lot lot of different IEM's.  klipsh S4's, X5, X7's, Jlabs (numerous types), Sol Aztec, Marleys, Meelectronics and Audio technica.  None seems to be able to handle the power I am putting through them (getting hot makes me nervous).  I look at the specifications before I buy anything.  On a lot of them, there is no max power rating.  

I do not have a large budget.  Can anyone suggest something that can handle a lot of power?  In my misplaced post, someone suggested balanced armature IEM's. 

Thank you in advance, and, great to be here finally!

Eric

PS. Am using an iPod with a LoD and the E12 Fiio.

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Even if you get sensitive IEMs and an amp with gobs of clean power, there's only so much power any transducer can take, and in this case such a tiny driver might not be able to play that much louder than what it can do out of say a laptop or an iPad, much less hooking them up to the E12. I think it would be safer to get full-sized headphones that can fit around your hearing aids. Also, if these are the sort of hearing aids that also have frequency response correction (think of the regular hearing aids as a magnifying glass, while this is a corrective lens), then making the IEM or headphone play louder won't overcome for example weak hearing in the midrange region. I know somebody who needs this type of hearing aid but he can't afford it, and any upgraded sound system doesn't change in any way for him. In fact your mouth needs to be straight ahead of his head or perpendicular and pointed at one ear just for him to understand a normal conversation.

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Thank you so much for responding!  I am a disabled vet, so, I get some modern hearing aids.  I don't use them with the IEM's nor over ear headphones though as it causes wicked feedback.  I bought a pair of UE 4000's (over ear).  I don't get the bass "impact" I do from the IEM's.  I get good volume from the M-Duo's, is just them getting really hot is lending me to believe they aren't going to last very long at all....

My hearing aids are programmed for my specific loss of hearing through the range spectrum.  While I don't wear them using the IEM's, I can sort of correct it through the EQ on my iPod.  From what you are saying, I probably need to find over ears and not IEM's. 

I appreciate the feedback and suggestion.

Thanks,

Eric

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Originally Posted by Eric95M View Post
 

Thank you so much for responding!  I am a disabled vet, so, I get some modern hearing aids.  I don't use them with the IEM's nor over ear headphones though as it causes wicked feedback.  I bought a pair of UE 4000's (over ear).  I don't get the bass "impact" I do from the IEM's.  I get good volume from the M-Duo's, is just them getting really hot is lending me to believe they aren't going to last very long at all....

My hearing aids are programmed for my specific loss of hearing through the range spectrum.  While I don't wear them using the IEM's, I can sort of correct it through the EQ on my iPod.  From what you are saying, I probably need to find over ears and not IEM's. 

I appreciate the feedback and suggestion.

Thanks,

Eric

 

Oh I didn't know about them causing any feedback, as our friend uses his regular hearing aid with headphones (except, of course, they still sound muddy and veiled to him). You should contact your ENT or the company that made the hearing aid, maybe they have better ideas on what can cause the feedback, for example active noise cancelling headphones (which have the amp in the earcups), in case it isn't necessarily the driver or its magnet's proximity to the hearing aid. If the iPod EQ is good enough for correcting the EQ though there's still the problem of how loud these can go, even with proper amplifiers, since more clean power can't prevent the driver from over excursion (which can happen when you try to make it go too loud with too little power, or even with too much power).

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