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westslope

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Posted: Jan 25, 2022 - 12:27pm

 kurtster wrote:


The only danger I could see is that the sound pressure generated in these closed cup headphones could also destroy what hearing is still left if used too loud. But the minimum level required for him to hear might already be damaging. Open air phones would reduce the internal air pressure on the ears, but may not be as effective. Hard to say.


These are also concerns of mine.  I cut pulp and paper trees (jack pine, black spruce) out of high school,  The cheap, crappy Homelite chainsaw I was using was louder than most other saws and might have damaged the hearing in my right ear.

My not well-informed (read ignorant) engineer-trained father suggested I work without hearing protection.  Within a few weeks, I bought hearing protecion.  I would not start the saw without wearing ear protection. 

Since then, I have been ultra careful with my hearing, often being the ONLY guy on the jobsite who wore ear protection back in the day.

I am always super careful with how loud I turn up the volume while wearing earphones.  Will my father be that careful?  I dunno.  For decades he listened to the radio using ear buds.  I never liked ear buds so never used them.  Despite his formal education, and the fact that he should have known better, I believe he fucked his own hearing.


westslope

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Posted: Jan 25, 2022 - 12:19pm

 kurtster wrote:


I've long wondered the same. I remember when you got those. I have the 1770's which are the big brother of yours. Mine are the same that BG uses or once used.


Yes, I remember that discussion.  Searched for it unsuccessfully.

Thanks for the replay and the suggestions kurtster and Ohmsen.  Appreciated.


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Posted: Jan 25, 2022 - 1:21am

 haresfur wrote:
 kurtster wrote:
She is currently in the hospital since last Thursday and ain't doing real good at the moment.


 
Thanks. 

The wife was just in a couple of weeks earlier with double walking pneumonia and is now on full time oxygen. 

I'm the healthy one and that ain't saying much either.
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Posted: Jan 24, 2022 - 11:13pm

 kurtster wrote:
She is currently in the hospital since last Thursday and ain't doing real good at the moment.



kurtster

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Posted: Jan 24, 2022 - 10:40pm

 westslope wrote:
Do any audiophiles here wear hearing aids?   If so, what technology do you use to better listen to music?

I am curious because I have a 94-year old year father whose hearing is shot.  In a Skype call, he can miss 30% or more of what is being said.  I am trying to sell him on the idea of headphones.  He is NOT an audiophile and despite some serious formal education is very much a luddite when it comes to modern technology.  

I bought a pair of  beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80 Ohm Studio Headphones in March of 2021.  They are closed over-ear headphones and I like them a lot.  By far the best head phones I have ever owned.   Though, they are likely inexpensive compared to what most actually use in a professional studio.

I reckon they would be perfect for my father if I can get him to install the latest sound drivers for his laptop or PC.  I have suggested that if he does not like them, he can send them to my nephew/his grandson.
 
I've long wondered the same.  I remember when you got those.  I have the 1770's which are the big brother of yours.  Mine are the same that BG uses or once used.

Yeah, take out the hearing aids first.  I would think that anyone who is able to still hear using hearing aids would be able to use these.  The only danger I could see is that the sound pressure generated in these closed cup headphones could also destroy what hearing is still left if used too loud.  But the minimum level required for him to hear might already be damaging.  Open air phones would reduce the internal air pressure on the ears, but may not be as effective.  Hard to say.  I had Sennheiser open air headphones back in the 70's I used in my VW Bus for listening.  They were great.  Plugged into my Learjet 8 track which actually had a headphone jack before they became illegal.  Had two sets on a splitter.  One for me and one for a passenger.  Could listen and still have a conversation and hear important road noises as well.

On other fronts, I have heard of bluetooth enabled hearing aids that you just might be able to send an audio signal to for listening.  That would prevent an over amplified signal doing any further damage to what hearing is left.

Great link to Sennheiser by Ohmsen.  May be your answer.  They are Sennheisers so you know they are good before you get started.

Oh and my 94 yo mother still lives alone, drives (tho prolly not much longer) runs a Windows 10 puter and plays bridge online, works her stock portfolio and other things online.  She is currently in the hospital since last Thursday and ain't doing real good at the moment.  Now has a Gram positive bacteria she caught in there on top of the cellulitis which got her put there in the first place.  Don't know which one, but none of them are good.
westslope

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Posted: Jan 24, 2022 - 6:07pm

I suspect the best will be to remove the hearing aids before using the headphones.


westslope

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Posted: Jan 24, 2022 - 11:09am

Do any audiophiles here wear hearing aids?   If so, what technology do you use to better listen to music?

I am curious because I have a 94-year old year father whose hearing is shot.  In a Skype call, he can miss 30% or more of what is being said.  I am trying to sell him on the idea of headphones.  He is NOT an audiophile and despite some serious formal education is very much a luddite when it comes to modern technology.  

I bought a pair of  beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80 Ohm Studio Headphones in March of 2021.  They are closed over-ear headphones and I like them a lot.  By far the best head phones I have ever owned.   Though, they are likely inexpensive compared to what most actually use in a professional studio.

I reckon they would be perfect for my father if I can get him to install the latest sound drivers for his laptop or PC.  I have suggested that if he does not like them, he can send them to my nephew/his grandson.