How's Your Hearing?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by studio, Jul 29, 2016.

How's Your Hearing?

  1. Can't hear 16khz or above

    46.7%
  2. Can't hear 10khz or above

    13.3%
  3. Can't hear 8khz or above

    6.7%
  4. Can't hear 60hz or below

    2.2%
  5. Can't hear 200hz or below

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Everything's normal

    24.4%
  7. Afraid to take the Test

    8.9%
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  1. studio

    studio Poster Extraordinaire

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    Like the rest of you, I take my hearing health seriously, and more so as I get older.
    Plus it's never too late to protect what hearing you have left!

    Here's a simple hearing test:

    http://www.hearingfrequencytest.com/


    Please take the poll. Thanks.
     
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  2. Steve 78

    Steve 78 Friend of Leo's

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    I got my monitoring headphones out for this one. I could hear 16k ok but not 17k. I had to crank up the volume a bit for 20 Hz.

    Anecdotally, I couldn't tell the difference when I swapped out 6L6s for EL34s in my amp though ...
     
  3. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    According to the test, I could hear 16khz, but not 17 or higher. It appears that 15khz has a file missing.

    I'm not really this good, as I have a couple of dips, which I compensate for with tinnitus in those ranges. At least that's what I recall the doc telling me. I do consulting with the oto people at the university hospital, a perq of which is access to the best docs. A hearing aid is in my future, but you can bet I'll be shooting for top of the line on that.
     
  4. morky

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    I could hear all the frequencies. But that may be because I'm 24 yo. But still I ought to take better care of my hearing, in order to avoid problems in the future. I'm lucky though that even though I've been playing since I was ten only recently I started coming in contact with loud sounds all the time and now I have the knowledge to protect myself, which is something that I wouldn't have thought of a few years ago.
     
  5. soulman969

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    Could you repeat that? ;)

    I can just barely hear 17hz but nothing above.
     
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  6. mojz

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    i put couldnt hear 16 khz or above because i couldnt hear the 15 khz so stopped there.after reading larrys post i went back and tried again and i could hear the 16 and just about the 17 with my headphones maxed out,fairly happy with that at nearly 50 with 20 years of motorcycling in my youth and most of my working life around power tools.
    just a shame im completly tone deaf.
     
  7. danlad

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    Thank god, I thought I was properly deaf cos that is where I started the test.
     
  8. beagle

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    According to that test I couldn't hear anything below 500Hz or above 10000Hz, then I read above and put my headphones on. My laptop speakers are dire. Can't hear above 12000Hz, but the constant tinnitus whistle is at about 15000Hz and I can hear that!
     
  9. HoodieMcFoodie

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    I couldn't hear 15000 kHz or higher. And apparently I'm not pregnant. :D
     
  10. rarebreed

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    I did not take the test but I know my hearing is real bad.Last time I was tested,I was told I had at least a 75% loss in my left ear and about a 30% loss in the right. Just last night,and not only last night,the wife and I were watching a movie on TV and while I could hear the dialogue when the actors spoke, most of it ,perhaps 75%,I could not understand what they were saying.It was like the voices were muffled or muddy sounding. I know I damaged my hearing years ago when I first started playing music. Back in the 60's we had big, high wattage amps and we played loud,and working in the Ford plant for 32 years took a toll on my hearing as well.You would be surprised at how loud it is in a modern auto assembly plant. That is the main reason I've worn ear plugs while playing music the last 15-20 years,to try and save what little bit of hearing I have left. Oh, and my ears ring constantly,I've learned to live with that,but it does get annoying at times.
     
  11. memorex

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    WHAT?
     
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    I'm pretty sure I haven't heard anything above 13khz since the Reagan administration. . .and then there was an artillery incident back about 10 years ago, so yeah.
     
  13. thesamhill

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    For the higher tones, I couldn't hear anything on my computer speakers. Then as I'm sitting here clicking and hearing nothing, my 8 year old came out of her room and said, "Why are you playing all those noises?" Lol. She can hear a mouse fart next door. But then we both put on headphones and we both seem to be hearing the same thing for all the 16k to 20k sounds. She is probably hearing them much louder, though.

    I think my computer introduces some kind of static or vacuum-cleaner noise into the headphone signal when it sends, that's not there when there is no signal going to the headphone jack. There's a popping noise at the beginning and end of each tone. The 20k sounds like a cricket or something? It's not an even tone.

    I think I'm MORE confused about my hearing now...
     
  14. Dan R

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    I've been in the audio business for years. I remember techs and engineers telling me that most people by age 40 cannot hear much above 15Khz. High frequencies give you 'cues' as to the sound of the hall or recording space. Not much in the way of notes in that range. I hope that makes sense,

    Fun fact: the only instrument that goes 20 hz to 20Khz is the piano.
     
  15. VintageSG

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    I had to crank the speakers and the computer volume to hear 16k, but I could ( just ). Anything above that and I'm not sure. My Daughter now understands why I've kept these little powered monitors as they can reproduce even the highest frequencies at volume levels she finds annoying. My cat just gave me 'that' look of feline disgust.
     
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    At my wife's urging, I got a hearing test a few months ago. Result - I have definite hearing loss.

    - Some is hereditary on my mother's side. She lost most of her hearing in her last years. She also lost at least 3 hearing aids, at like $2500 a piece. I swore she lost them on purpose, so she didn't have to listen to my father...
    - Some is from the thousands of shotgun rounds I've fired in my lifetime. Skeet, trap, and lots and lots of bird hunting.
    - A lot of it is from playing, and seeing, music. Now a days I wear ear plugs (the ones recommended by the ear doctor) at practice, but it's too little, too late.

    I'm going back to the hearing specialist next week to discuss hearing aids. I getting tired of asking people to "say again".
     
  17. Thin69

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    Used headphones so I could isolate each ear in testing and provide better audio response than laptop speakers.

    Head cold right now & R ear good to 8K and left good to 12K. Will repeat when cold clears up.
     
  18. ast370

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    hearing loss is no fun, I didn't take care of my hearing well in my twenties and now have hearing aids in my later thirties.
     
  19. TheGoodTexan

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    I'm 43 years old. I couldn't hear anything above 15k. In addition, I'm 30% down overall in my left ear, and 5% down overall in my right ear, as of a hearing test in 2012. I should get it done again, just as another benchmark I suppose.

    My wife claims that the hearing loss is due to listening to loud music since I was a kid (my dad owned a HiFi / record shop, even before I was born in 72), and playing in bands since I was 12.

    HOWEVER...

    I distinctly remember the moment that I incurred the hearing loss in 2011. It was on a Sunday night and I was sitting at a Mexican restaurant with my wife, and I was scheduled to leave on a week long trip the following day. As we were sitting there, I began to get that "shallow feeling" that you get, just before a strep-like virus hits you. I felt horrible. My wife is a nurse practitioner, so we got a prescription antibiotic and I began taking it. I left for my trip the following morning.

    Two days later, the virus had hit me full on, and the meds were not doing anything to help. Two days after that, I woke up to discover that overnight I had lost my voice entirely, and everything sounded muffled. I went to a clinic in the town that I was in, and the doc gave me a different antibiotic. By the time I got back home a few days later, the virus was gone, but get this - my voice didn't return for a full month. And I mean - no voice. I had to whisper everything. It was crazy.

    I kept waiting for all of my hearing to return, but it never really did. As I began to get accustomed to my new level of hearing, my wife began noticing that I had indeed incurred some hearing loss. After a few months of no improvement I finally went to an ENT doc, who had a professional audiologist in the same office with him. So I got the full diagnostic. Yep - 30% down in the left ear. 5% down in the right ear.

    But the doc said that a virus could not cause the hearing loss. He said it was due to loud music and playing in bands. I disagree. Doesn't really matter I guess. I'm sure I'll need a hearing aid at some point, and I'm fine with that.
     
  20. Doctorx33

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    I didn't even try the test, I know my ears are shot. High end gone, tinnitus bad in both ears. That's what I get for 40 years of rock and roll.
     
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