had your hearing checked recently? - Home Theater Forum and Systems - HomeTheaterShack.com

Reply
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 25 Old 10-25-07, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
drf
drf
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Somewhere else.
Posts: 1,249
had your hearing checked recently?

I had my hearing tested about a year ago now, then it was good down to 10dB and upto 19K. Not bad for 32. However of late I have noticed I am starting to have a lot of trouble understanding speech in environments slightly louder than normal. I also am starting to have trouble hearing dialogue in movies if I am chewing (not generally a problem before).

Does anyone else have similar experience? has your hearing been checked recently and been good, yet think you may have problems still?

My worst fear is loosing my hearing or aspects of it.
drf is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 25 Old 10-25-07, 01:59 PM
goose
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Georgia
Posts: 19
Re: had your hearing checked recently?

I had mine tested in July, I notice it isn't as good so now I try and keep the HT and music
volume down a few notches.

As for movies, I know what you mean by starting to have trouble hearing dialogue, if I am chewing or moving my head.
goose is offline  
post #3 of 25 Old 10-25-07, 03:14 PM
Elite Shackster
Steven
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Midwest
Posts: 1,405
Re: had your hearing checked recently?

I checked mine using a demo software program not more than a year ago. I have slightly better hearing in my right ear. My headphones may have been wrong also. I think it is from people blasting their car stereo with me in the passenger seat.

My hearing is still excellent though. I had to retake those test when I was in school. They didn't trust me the first time but eventually caught on.

Last edited by thewire; 10-25-07 at 03:19 PM.
thewire is offline  
 
post #4 of 25 Old 10-25-07, 04:52 PM
Plain ole user
 
lcaillo's Avatar
Tech Guru
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Gainesville, FL, USA
Posts: 11,121
Send a message via AIM to lcaillo
Re: had your hearing checked recently?

Eh? What was the question?




Looking for me, just google my username. I have used the same one for most sites for many years.
lcaillo is offline  
post #5 of 25 Old 10-25-07, 06:06 PM
Elite Shackster
 
Sonnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: L.A. (Lower Alabama)
Posts: 22,577
My System
Re: had your hearing checked recently?

I couldn't hear him either...

When I started having ringing in my ears I went to my doctor and he tested my ears. It was something like -10db over 6KHz in one ear and -20db over 8KHz in the other. I may have those crossed up in some way... it was several years ago. I was diagnosed with tinnitus. It was bad then, but it seems like I've gotten use to it. Even when I think about it, it really doesn't bother much anymore. It is 24/7 though... and deep bass notes cause distortion sounds until I crank it on up to a certain point. I know I'm reaping the consequences of loud music most of my life, particularly in the car.
Sonnie is offline  
post #6 of 25 Old 10-25-07, 07:12 PM
Senior Shackster
 
tweeksound's Avatar
Matt
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Concord NH
Posts: 218
Re: had your hearing checked recently?

Having a certified audiologist check your hearing at any point is a good idea. They do it in a controlled environment so the results are more accurate each time and the test results give you a base line to compare to in the future. If you get a test done in 20 years, you will have both tests to compare and you can say "my hearing has degraded this much in these freq's since my last test"

An audiologist can also determine what % of the hearing loss is permanent and what % can be fixed by using bone conduction.
it's very often that at least some amount of hearing loss is fixable.

Loud bass is the most damaging to all frequencies. Low freq's don't need to even "seem" very loud to cause irreparable damage.

Here is a very useful and informative chart on what levels are damaging over how long.
http://www.gcaudio.com/resources/howtos/loudness.html

You might be surprised to find that even when you think you're being good you are still listening too loud and for too long.

I carry an SPL meter around and measure level a lot.
I also have ear plugs whenever I might be in a loud environment.

Gotta be careful.
tweeksound is offline  
post #7 of 25 Old 10-26-07, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
drf
drf
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Somewhere else.
Posts: 1,249
Re: had your hearing checked recently?

Quote:
lcaillo wrote: View Post
Eh? What was the question?
I SAID "ARE YOU DEF?"

hehehehe
drf is offline  
post #8 of 25 Old 10-26-07, 09:02 AM
Senior Shackster
 
tweeksound's Avatar
Matt
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Concord NH
Posts: 218
Re: had your hearing checked recently?

Quote:
drf wrote: View Post
I had my hearing tested about a year ago now, then it was good down to 10dB and upto 19K. Not bad for 32. However of late I have noticed I am starting to have a lot of trouble understanding speech in environments slightly louder than normal. I also am starting to have trouble hearing dialogue in movies if I am chewing (not generally a problem before).

Does anyone else have similar experience? has your hearing been checked recently and been good, yet think you may have problems still?

My worst fear is loosing my hearing or aspects of it.

Hearing damage is usually only noticed when you either get a test or your or people you talk to start to notice that you have trouble understanding speech.

Having trouble telling the difference between certain words is usually a sign of hearing loss in the high freq's.

There are many causes of hearing loss. It could be treatable like wax buildup, malfunctioning bones in the ear, fluid buildup, unbalanced pressure, etc... Or it could be permanent nerve damage caused by a high fever, loud and/or constant noise, head trauma, heredity, etc...

I would go to the audiologist (maybe the same) and get another test to compare to last year.
tweeksound is offline  
post #9 of 25 Old 10-26-07, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
drf
drf
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Somewhere else.
Posts: 1,249
Re: had your hearing checked recently?

I have noticed that when the ambient background noise starts to near typical speech levels I start to have trouble decerning words. This was the first thing I noticed. I am going to have my ears cleaned and will see if that makes a difference. If not then its back to the audiologist for me.
drf is offline  
post #10 of 25 Old 10-28-07, 10:34 PM
Senior Shackster
gs
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 311
Re: had your hearing checked recently?

Quote:
drf wrote: View Post
I had my hearing tested about a year ago now, then it was good down to 10dB and upto 19K. Not bad for 32. However of late I have noticed I am starting to have a lot of trouble understanding speech in environments slightly louder than normal. I also am starting to have trouble hearing dialogue in movies if I am chewing (not generally a problem before).

Does anyone else have similar experience? has your hearing been checked recently and been good, yet think you may have problems still?

My worst fear is loosing my hearing or aspects of it.
I hear ya. My hearing has degraded with age. It began with a really nasty cold, or a strain of influenza that caused my ears to blockup, become blocked with wax, and my right ear began ringing. The ear blockage and wax could be corrected quickly, but the ringing, or tinitus, continued. I used some headphones and a signal generator to find the frequency, which would actually beat with the headphone tone. It was at 4200 Hz.

I went to the specialist, and told him I had a ring at 4200 Hz, and he ran the usual tests. His response to the results was raised eyebrows at the exact loss of hearing at 4200 Hz. Doctors think patients know nothing. Anyway, it's permanent. Nobody knows how to prevent or cure tinitus, but I can give you some precautions, good for anybody.

1. Don't listen to loud sounds for long periods. This can be anything. I wear earplugs when I cut the lawn. Years ago, I went to rock concerts, and wore earplugs. It actually improves the sound.

2. If your ears block up, use a decongestant. Don't let an infection get started.

3. Wash your hands a lot during cold season. Avoid people who are sick.

4. Enjoy your young and superior hearing responsibly. It won't last forever.
gsmollin is offline  
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
checked , hearing , recently

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now




PLEASE COMPLETE ALL REQUIRED FIELDS BELOW... THANKS!

REQUIRED FIELDS ON THIS PAGE
YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL OF THESE

Username
Password
Confirm Password
Email Address
Confirm Email Address
Random Question
Random Question #2




User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
PLEASE READ BELOW PRIOR TO ENTERING AN EMAIL ADDRESS!

ATTENTION!

YOU MUST ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT!

Activation requires you reply to an email we will send you after you register... if you do not reply to this email, you will not be able to view certain areas of the forum or certain images... nor will you be able download software.

AN INVALID EMAIL ADDRESS WILL CAUSE YOUR ACCOUNT TO BE DELETED!

See our banned email list here: Banned Email List

We DO NOT respond to spamcop, boxtrapper and spamblocker emails... please add @hometheatershack DOT com to your whitelist prior to registering or you will get nowhere on your registration.


Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML is not allowed!
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 


For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome