High Frequency Hearing Loss

Unfortunately over the last few years, I have developed a significant high frequency hearing loss beginning around 6k Hz and upwards.  I notice it in the way recordings with cymbals and other high frequency percussion instruments are much much duller than they used to be. Violin music has lost some subtle overtones that I used to hear. What is the best way to deal with this? I was thinking of getting a DAC like a Weiss 501 that has built in DSP features where you can try to offset the hearing loss by boosting the frequencies that have been attenuated. It seems like it's one of the few DACs that have this but it's not cheap to say the least.  Is this the best solution or is an equalizer in the analogue domain a good/better solution?  


I would not think the DAC is the place for adjustment. You should be delivering a pristine raw signal from any device, and then adjust tone with your pre-amp or processor, or an EQ. Many processors/Pre-amp have ways of adjusting tone controls, and may be in software in the unit, not physical knobs. If not there are EQ devices that may help determine if it's a good solution or at least improvement for you. If it were me I'd grab a cheap EQ and play around (pawn shop?) and then decide if a better one may be worth the investment. Past that there are a lot of devices to change the tone with some DSP features, but no need to go really high tech until you determine if tweaking the tone controls would help.


Good luck on your hearing loss management.

My deficit is 7Khz along with ever present tinnitus

Listening to my preferred format-LP’s thru tubes helps take the mind off my own situation.

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