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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:38 am 
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over the past number of years, I have noticed a gradual degrading of my hearing out of my right ear. At first, I thought it was speaker placement or standing waves. Slowly I realized my right ear was losing high frequencies together with it requiring a louder balance to the right ear in order to have the same volume. I had it tested 3 or 4 years ago and it showed I had some hearing loss in that ear, however not enough to require a hearing aid.


The ear has continued to degrade. I had to sell my equipment that had no balance control and must use a balance control to have a centred stereo image. Presently, I need to have the balance control at almost 3 o'clock rather than the original 12 o'clock position. I also have limited high frequency extension in that ear. I usually can not hear cymbals out of that ear whereas it is clear out of my left ear.

When I go to a concert, I place an ear plug in the right ear as I would find my damaged ear would hurt with the louder music and it really did not sound too good with it. I seem to be getting some compensation with the use of the left ear.

I am supposed to have another hearing test Saturday. Does anyone use a hearing aid listening to music? Has it helped or the opposite? I doubt it would help with gaining any frequencies, so it might be just as well I take it off listening to music.

Any ideas/assistance? I know I have enjoyed music less since it started getting worse. Mostly due to loss of some imaging etc.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:58 am 
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My hearing aids have a music setting. It helps. Music is less harsh and less fatiguing, same effect with TV amd movies.


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Have you gone to see a audiologist? You may have acoustic neuroma. Here is the website to check it out....

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-01- ... uroma.html

Hearing aids can help, but at the end of the day, the good side should be angled towards your speakers and you will have to retrain your brain that is all the sound you got!! You can still appreciate really good sound, but never the tiny tiny details between really good and fantastic.... sad but true... being there, dealing with it....


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Tutone wrote:
Have you gone to see a audiologist? You may have acoustic neuroma. Here is the website to check it out....

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-01- ... uroma.html

Hearing aids can help, but at the end of the day, the good side should be angled towards your speakers and you will have to retrain your brain that is all the sound you got!! You can still appreciate really good sound, but never the tiny tiny details between really good and fantastic.... sad but true... being there, dealing with it....


went to one a few years ago. Going again Saturday. Not sure if they looked for the acoustic Neuroma. The audiologist thought I had suffered trauma in the one ear at some point in time.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:01 am 
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I am so sorry for your hearing trouble.
It is both a psychological and physiological battle.
I know...i suffer with severe tinnitus which is a whole different matter i realize but nontheless a hearing disorder.
I can imagine you are scared at times and angered at others.
I guess all I'm trying to say is i cannot offer advice but i can empathize with you.
Best of luck to you and any others frustrated by hearing impairment.

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Chipmunk1957 wrote:
I am so sorry for your hearing trouble.
It is both a psychological and physiological battle.
I know...i suffer with severe tinnitus which is a whole different matter i realize but nontheless a hearing disorder.
I can imagine you are scared at times and angered at others.
I guess all I'm trying to say is i cannot offer advice but i can empathize with you.
Best of luck to you and any others frustrated by hearing impairment.



Yes. I get frustrated.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:12 am 
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Remember this mitcho...
You are not alone in this.
There are many Cammers who suffer and reach out.
Take some comfort in that.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:18 am 
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Chipmunk1957 wrote:
Remember this mitcho...
You are not alone in this.
There are many Cammers who suffer and reach out.
Take some comfort in that.



I did not think I was alone. I was wondering how they were dealing with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Hearing loss
PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:22 am 
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I have had hearing loss in my right ear since birth. Only certain midrange frequencies. However my brain has somehow compensated. And I can hear a perfect left right balance, and center image when listening to music on my stereo. Weird but cool. In fact my brain may have compensated so much that I now seem to have ultra sensitive hearing. I do however find it hard to listen to loud concerts. Almost always wear at least some minimal hearing protection, (tiny piece of Kleenex in my ear to take the edge off), unless the sound is near distortion free perfect which is rare. (eg. last Roger Waters show at ACC) Much prefer acoustic and non amplified live music.
I even find loud voices to be to much and sometimes have to plug my ears when people talk to loud. Hitting something with a hammer would cause me to want to leave the room. My wife has a powerful voice, and when sitting beside her in the car I often squint and put my finger in my ear, much to her annoyance. :)

Wear hearing protection in both ears. Take care of the one good one you have left.
Possibly with time your brain might compensate for the loss like mine has.
Ive read that hearing sensitivity can be related to blood pressure. I know that my stereo sounds really good when my blood pressure medication is kicking in. Or after vaping a nice bowl. After drinking, not so good, as alcohol seems to desensitize my hearing.
I can however enjoy loud music at home or out (without hearing protection) as long as there is no ringing or distortion in the highs.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:23 am 
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mitcho wrote:
Chipmunk1957 wrote:
Remember this mitcho...
You are not alone in this.
There are many Cammers who suffer and reach out.
Take some comfort in that.



I did not think I was alone. I was wondering how they were dealing with it.

Ok cool.
Best.Btw you can also contact The Hearing Society of Canada.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:53 am 
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newmusic wrote:

Wear hearing protection in both ears. Take care of the one good one you have left.

yes PLEASE protect what you have.

Regarding an acoustic neuroma, there is no test an AUD can do to confirm if you have one, instead if certain "red-flags" show up during the test they will refer you to a specialist for an MRI. - Make sure they do speech testing (Word recognition test).

Hearing aids are bandwidth limited to roughly 125Hz - 10kHz.

The music setting in most aids will turn off noise reduction, speech enhancement and dynamic compression - features that improve speech understanding, but degrade music enjoyment.

The number two thing you can do moving forward (#1 being protect your ears when in very loud situations) is to not stop listening and enjoying music, and continue to work at listening in difficult situations - it may be hard, but keep at it/

For reference I am a (former) Hearing Instrument Specialist.


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 Post subject: Re: Hearing loss
PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:02 pm 
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Jared Rachwalski wrote:
newmusic wrote:

Wear hearing protection in both ears. Take care of the one good one you have left.

yes PLEASE protect what you have.

Regarding an acoustic neuroma, there is no test an AUD can do to confirm if you have one, instead if certain "red-flags" show up during the test they will refer you to a specialist for an MRI. - Make sure they do speech testing (Word recognition test).

Hearing aids are bandwidth limited to roughly 125Hz - 10kHz.

The music setting in most aids will turn off noise reduction, speech enhancement and dynamic compression - features that improve speech understanding, but degrade music enjoyment.

The number two thing you can do moving forward (#1 being protect your ears when in very loud situations) is to not stop listening and enjoying music, and continue to work at listening in difficult situations - it may be hard, but keep at it/

For reference I am a (former) Hearing Instrument Specialist.


Would the hearing Instrument specialist come up with red flags during the hearing test? I figured a specialist would have to be involved. I could not see an MRI being ordered without the involvement of a specialist. I don't think I have too much left in my right ear above 10kHz so it probably won't matter as much.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:09 pm 
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mitcho wrote:
over the past number of years, I have noticed a gradual degrading of my hearing out of my right ear. At first, I thought it was speaker placement or standing waves. Slowly I realized my right ear was losing high frequencies together with it requiring a louder balance to the right ear in order to have the same volume. I had it tested 3 or 4 years ago and it showed I had some hearing loss in that ear, however not enough to require a hearing aid.


The ear has continued to degrade. I had to sell my equipment that had no balance control and must use a balance control to have a centred stereo image. Presently, I need to have the balance control at almost 3 o'clock rather than the original 12 o'clock position. I also have limited high frequency extension in that ear. I usually can not hear cymbals out of that ear whereas it is clear out of my left ear.

When I go to a concert, I place an ear plug in the right ear as I would find my damaged ear would hurt with the louder music and it really did not sound too good with it. I seem to be getting some compensation with the use of the left ear.

I am supposed to have another hearing test Saturday. Does anyone use a hearing aid listening to music? Has it helped or the opposite? I doubt it would help with gaining any frequencies, so it might be just as well I take it off listening to music.

Any ideas/assistance? I know I have enjoyed music less since it started getting worse. Mostly due to loss of some imaging etc.

thanks


I find myself turning my head slightly to the left to compensate for the minor hearing loss in my right ear.

The tinnitus is a different story. I have days with no ringing, or so low that it does not bother me, and on those days the stereo is the last thing I turn to.
Funny thing about tinnitus is that you will never know true silence again. With no ringing, I am closer to that, and want to enjoy every second of it. :?


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mitcho wrote:
over the past number of years, I have noticed a gradual degrading of my hearing out of my right ear. At first, I thought it was speaker placement or standing waves. Slowly I realized my right ear was losing high frequencies together with it requiring a louder balance to the right ear in order to have the same volume. I had it tested 3 or 4 years ago and it showed I had some hearing loss in that ear, however not enough to require a hearing aid.


The ear has continued to degrade. I had to sell my equipment that had no balance control and must use a balance control to have a centred stereo image. Presently, I need to have the balance control at almost 3 o'clock rather than the original 12 o'clock position. I also have limited high frequency extension in that ear. I usually can not hear cymbals out of that ear whereas it is clear out of my left ear.

When I go to a concert, I place an ear plug in the right ear as I would find my damaged ear would hurt with the louder music and it really did not sound too good with it. I seem to be getting some compensation with the use of the left ear.

I am supposed to have another hearing test Saturday. Does anyone use a hearing aid listening to music? Has it helped or the opposite? I doubt it would help with gaining any frequencies, so it might be just as well I take it off listening to music.

Any ideas/assistance? I know I have enjoyed music less since it started getting worse. Mostly due to loss of some imaging etc.

thanks


I find myself turning my head slightly to the left to compensate for the minor hearing loss in my right ear.

The tinnitus is a different story. I have days with no ringing, or so low that it does not bother me, and on those days the stereo is the last thing I turn to.
Funny thing about tinnitus is that you will never know true silence again. With no ringing, I am closer to that, and want to enjoy every second of it. :?

+1...

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:30 pm 
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I also suffer from hearing loss (mainly The highs)
I got mine from driving tube trains in London UK for 25 years .lol
I also suffer from tinnitus in my right ear..


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