Hearing aids

Every audiophile over 55 should get hearing aids....

OK.  that's a bit strong but many should.  Several years ago I had money left over in my Healthcare spending account.  I asked my doctor if there was any new cure for tinnitis and he sent me to an audiologist because there are now hearing aids that claim to help.  Well, long story short, they gave me a set of loaners and I immediately noticed a difference in noisy environments such as restuarants and I bought myself a pair.  They did not help the tinnitis for me.   My hearing isn't that bad.  I have some frequencies that are depressed but I'd say there are probably 20-40% of the people I know near my age (64) who have worse hearing and don't wear hearing aids.  I think of it like my eyes.  If you have 20/60 eyes, you get glasses.  Why do people wait until they have 20/500 hearing to get hearing aids?

Then I started noticing that music sounded better and started getting back into listening.  Since then I've bought a lot of equipment and am having a blast.  I'm sure my hearing isn't as good as it was when I was 20, but at 20 I couldn't afford audiophile equipment either.

Occasionally after a shower I'll find my system to sound bland and realize I don't have the hearing aids in.  But generally I wear them all day, every day.  Because I want to hear all the notes.

So a quality pair of hearing aids very much flattens the frequency response of your ears and does it in very high quality.  Don't go cheap. Don't worry what people will think when they see hearing aids (appparently a barrier to some).  But I highly recommend it as you get older and you want to get the most out of listening.




I had a guy here one time wanted to hear my system. I said sure have a seat here in the sweet spot. He said no I will just stand here. No, really. No, I have hearing aids, both ears, it won't matter, I just want to hear it. Humor me. Okay.

Few minutes later the same guy only now with this astonished look on his face turns and says, "Wow I never knew these hearing aids were so good!"

That was 20 years ago. I have since lost at least half the top octave, if I had it even then. Tinnitus is a bother every now and then. Yet I have no problem whatsoever discerning all sorts of subtle and sophisticated variations in sound. So I will as Churchill once said KBO-  keep buggering on.


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Listening to music with headphones on is like smoking cigarettes. Both cause problems to your body...keep your ear plugs in while working.or exercising and you will find you need hearing aids alot sooner....

I've worn hearing aids for about 15 years or so, and have likely needed them well before that. Hearing loss runs in my family, plus I've been to hundreds of concerts! I love headphones and have a great headphone system as well as a 2-channel one. I do not blare them at earsplitting volume; dont do that with my speakers, either. I have in-ear hearing aids so I can use them with my headphones. I have hissy tinnitus too, but I've been pretty used to that for a long time. Sometimes it's louder, sometimes it's quieter. 

Carlsbad-- As I said, it's a psychological problem.  I never use headphones.  And yes, I have those modern hearing aids which are tuned to my hearing loss.  But couldn't I get the same compensation with a decent mixer on my system?  (This of course leads eventually to the unanswerable question of what music 'is'.  It's unlikely anyone in that orchestra has perfect hearing =- I'm told some are nearly deaf.  Plus we never are in the 'sweet spot' at a concert -- at least, I'm not. I hate 'enhanced sound' at the opera.  Why would I bring my own 'enhanced sound' with hearing aids?). This is not an argument--it's only what I at this point feel I need to do.  When my hearing gets worse, I might change my mind.