Anyone else have some hearing loss?

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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:03 pm

Logan do you have a music program on your aid? It may be the compression and noise reduction features that are causing your guitar to sound tinny. A music program will disable those features when in use and possibly restore the fullness of sound that you're missing.

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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by Phade » Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:57 am

"I don't have too much trouble with music, just conversation."

I fractured my temporal bone, ruptured my ear canal, and have some nerve damage as well. My equilibrium goes out about every six months, and I have constant tinnitus, I cant stand complete silence. one thing I learned in my trips to various specialists is that people have a dominant ear, in regards to conversation anyway. for most people, its is the right ear, or at least I was told. I have a lot of trouble following a conversation, especially if there is more than one person involved. Music comes through much clearer, to the point if there is background music at a party or something, I can barley follow any conversation.

Much of what I do hear out of my right ear is very distorted. I've finally broke down and got a decent guitar, solid top back and sides, some sort of fancy satin finish on the neck , and man, the tactile feedback makes such a difference.

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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by Guitarhancock » Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:51 am

Of course, I am in the poor hearing category .Received my New hearing aids last week . Much better than the old ones. Have an app programmed for playing music. Takes away the tin sound of treble strings always wondered if Segovia suffered hearing loss when he gave up hs Hauser.

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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by SteveL123 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:10 pm

I do not wear or need hearing aids. I had a hearing test a few months ago and my ears are ok per the audiologist. He advised I have 98% intelligibility on speech. My high frequency hearing however, drops off sharply starting at 4 khz, has been that way as long as I can remember but I have normal hearing otherwise.

I am really responding to this post to let those with hearing loss know that they should to go and try out the Bose Hearphones https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/wel ... tTabs_tab0 . It is one example of a new class of hearing assist device, technically not called "hearing aids". I've found the Bose Hearphones work better than real hearing aids in many respects. It is one of the first such devices coming into the market due to a new law that will take effect next year.

My mother has moderate to severe hearing loss but refuse to wear hearing aids. Her complaints are they're noisy and harsh and uncomfortable. I took her to a Bose store to try on a pair and bought one on a 30 day trial. She does not have any of the hearing aid complaints and has been wearing them with normal hearing again!

I tried my mom's Bose Hearphones on and find they have a very low background noise floor. The audio quality is excellent. They are very comfortable. The second hand tick of an analog clock 6 ft away that I normally do not notice sounds like a drummer beating hard on the rim of a snare drum. It is controlled by an app on a smartphone and has lot's of built in features such as noise cancellation, in ear detection (controls feedback), memory settings so that you do not need a smartphone once the setting is saved.

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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by JRichard Wolf » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:37 am

I have hearing loss, mostly in my left ear, and tinnitus in both. I hear a noticeable squeal in both ears all the time.

I blame my issues on playing drums for 50 years, without any protection for 35 of them.

I wear aids, which allows me to understand conversations even in noisy restaurants. I never go into a club or any concert without wearing my musicians ear plugs. If I don't, my hearing is useless for at least a day or so afterwards.
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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by Charles Mokotoff » Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:46 am

I am intrigued to see the new over the counter hearing products, some of them are reportedly terrific and I strongly suspect they will have a positive effect on the industry (i.e. bringing down the ridiculously high prices).
However, my loss is too severe use any of them, but my time may come.
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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by SteveL123 » Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:54 am

Charles, how would you know your hearing loss is too severe for the Hearphones unless you try it? Are there any Bose stores near you?

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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by ronjazz » Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:38 am

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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by ronjazz » Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:43 am

I tried Hearphones, being a big Bose fan forever, but they didn't work for me, a little bulky and awkward, although they did sound very good. I went with over-the-counter in-ears for about $26 a pair (!!) so I bought two pair, intending to use one in the left ear. Works very well, although the tone is on a par with the price, but they are reasonably comfortable, very portable and can be used when needed in social situations, also almost invisible. Worth a try!
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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by fast eddie » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:00 pm

:| I experienced what the Dr called 'Sudden Hearing Loss' in one ear. I could hear ok the night before and when I woke up the next morning I could not hear anything in my left ear. It's now been more than 5 years since then and I now have hearing aids in both ears. However I am still able to play. :D
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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by SteveL123 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:14 am

ronjazz wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:43 am
I tried Hearphones, being a big Bose fan forever, but they didn't work for me, a little bulky and awkward, although they did sound very good. I went with over-the-counter in-ears for about $26 a pair (!!) so I bought two pair, intending to use one in the left ear. Works very well, although the tone is on a par with the price, but they are reasonably comfortable, very portable and can be used when needed in social situations, also almost invisible. Worth a try!
So you're a form over function type of person? The Hearphones work well functionally but are bulky and awkward?

Funny that my mother refuse to wear in the ear hearing aids because she's worried about people seeing them on her and think she's deaf, but she does not mind wearing the Hearphones.

My uncle just bought a pair of Hearphones yesterday. Too bad I didn't learn about them earlier. He spent $3,500 recently on hearing aids and they do not work for him. They're past the return period so he's out $3,500.

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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by Charles Mokotoff » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:44 pm

SteveL123 wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:14 am
My uncle just bought a pair of Hearphones yesterday. Too bad I didn't learn about them earlier. He spent $3,500 recently on hearing aids and they do not work for him. They're past the return period so he's out $3,500.
Not if he finds a good audiologist to program them properly. Making an assumption that he bought the aids that are correct for his loss (lots of leeway here) then a really good audiologist can make him much happier properly programming the aids he already owns. Instead of tossing away the money, he should take them to another place for proper functioning. Be sure the place he goes does Real Ear Measuring.

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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by SteveL123 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:16 pm

Charles Mokotoff wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:44 pm
SteveL123 wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:14 am
My uncle just bought a pair of Hearphones yesterday. Too bad I didn't learn about them earlier. He spent $3,500 recently on hearing aids and they do not work for him. They're past the return period so he's out $3,500.
Not if he finds a good audiologist to program them properly. Making an assumption that he bought the aids that are correct for his loss (lots of leeway here) then a really good audiologist can make him much happier properly programming the aids he already owns. Instead of tossing away the money, he should take them to another place for proper functioning. Be sure the place he goes does Real Ear Measuring.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_ear_measurement
He did go to an Audiologist, had hearing measurements and custom molds done. I don't know if the method used was Real Ear Measuring or not. He's been back to the Audiologist for multiple adjustments (free) which didn't help to make them work any better. Now the Audiologist wants to charge for further adjustments. His Hearphones is working great for him and he is happy that I told him about it.

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Re: Anyone else have some hearing loss?

Post by ronjazz » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:31 pm

no, Steve, I am not a "form over function" guy, I am just simply someone who needs a $500 device to work comfortably. I am not your mother, either. As I stated, I am a big Bose fan for many years, in fact, only use Bose PA equipment for amplifying my guitars. the Hearphones need better balance, and they are pretty hard to wear while playing the instrument.
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