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Old 27th June 2010, 06:33 PM   #1
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Default This may seem a bit daft but...........

As I've looked at the different categories and had no luck.
Here goes.

My problem is, I'm getting older (at my age I've probably GOT older) and my hearing isn't what it used to be.
However, if I 'increase my effective ear area' by placing my cupped palms behind them I get a much clearer sound picture.
What I want to know is, are there any sort of 'plastic reflector-type gizmoes' that will give the same effect as the cupped hands idea?
I'm aware of lots of 'hearing aids' out there but that ain't what I'm looking for.
No doubt there will be many bizarre solutions forthcoming but, maybe somewhere amongst them, a solution will surface.
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'Frustrated' Jim.
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Old 27th June 2010, 07:00 PM   #2
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To start with you could get your ears cleaned at the doctors.
You will have to drip the ears with a special cleaning fluid for a couple of days, and the the doctor takes a syringe with 1 liter(!) of water and 'hose down' your inner ears.

I had this done a couple of days ago - it is amazing how much crp ends up inside ones ears, and now i hear better than ever.
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Old 27th June 2010, 07:57 PM   #3
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I know exactly what you mean, I'm fairly deaf and have found the same thing. Maybe a winged chair back could be made to have a similar effect.

Either that or a natty hat with attached ear trumpets! Imagine the arguments that would ensue about whether a natural woollen hat had better mid range clarity than a synthetic one.

Any younger readers here should take notice of the deaf. Use ear protection, it will be the biggest sound upgrade you can make for when you are 50!

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Old 27th June 2010, 09:16 PM   #4
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To start with you could get your ears cleaned at the doctors.
You will have to drip the ears with a special cleaning fluid for a couple of days, and the the doctor takes a syringe with 1 liter(!) of water and 'hose down' your inner ears.

I had this done a couple of days ago - it is amazing how much crp ends up inside ones ears, and now i hear better than ever.
Try this suggestion first. Then, go to a hearing specialist and find out which frequencies are being effected. Afterwards...and this is the part that is utterly totally rediculous...have those frequencies boosted in your equipment. Could I be on to something here????

GENIUS I SAY!

but seriously, go get them cleaned first.
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Old 28th June 2010, 12:28 AM   #5
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To start with you could get your ears cleaned at the doctors.

Don't you think I have already checked that?


You will have to drip the ears with a special cleaning fluid for a couple of days, and the the doctor takes a syringe with 1 liter(!) of water and 'hose down' your inner ears.

I am familiar with the treatment.

I had this done a couple of days ago - it is amazing how much crp ends up inside ones ears, and now i hear better than ever.
My ears have never had any amount of impacted wax or other crud in the last 71 years.
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Old 28th June 2010, 12:34 AM   #6
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I know exactly what you mean, I'm fairly deaf and have found the same thing. Maybe a winged chair back could be made to have a similar effect.

Either that or a natty hat with attached ear trumpets! Imagine the arguments that would ensue about whether a natural woollen hat had better mid range clarity than a synthetic one.

Any younger readers here should take notice of the deaf. Use ear protection, it will be the biggest sound upgrade you can make for when you are 50!

John
Actually, John, I made a pair of 'cups' out of small margerine tubs and there was a noticeable improvement but 'they did nothing for my image'.
(If I had a dog I would have got some funny looks)
Headphones would be OK if I could get something like the Sennheisser HD414 which were the mut's n^%s in the 'sixties. Tjhey were light, very clear and didn't have whopping great muffs on them.
i wonder what's available these days.
Still experimenting though.
Jim.
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Old 28th June 2010, 12:42 AM   #7
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My ears have never had any amount of impacted wax or other crud in the last 71 years.
And that means they don't now? You could hear OK up until now...

If you're having hearing difficulty, get it investigated. It might be a progressive condition that is nevertheless arrestable with treatment. At least find out the extent.

A simple test you can do on yourself is to wear earphones and play a rising tone generated with software. This may give you some indication of what is going on, but you should at least ask a GP (if not a specialist) for an opinion.

I had a friend who ignored what he thought was a trivial condition. In the end had to give up the saxophone and now endures a socially isolating near-total deafness.

If nothing else a doctor can reassure you that the issue truly is trivial.

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Old 28th June 2010, 01:33 AM   #8
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And that means they don't now? You could hear OK up until now...

If you're having hearing difficulty, get it investigated. It might be a progressive condition that is nevertheless arrestable with treatment. At least find out the extent.

A simple test you can do on yourself is to wear earphones and play a rising tone generated with software. This may give you some indication of what is going on, but you should at least ask a GP (if not a specialist) for an opinion.

I had a friend who ignored what he thought was a trivial condition. In the end had to give up the saxophone and now endures a socially isolating near-total deafness.

If nothing else a doctor can reassure you that the issue truly is trivial.

w
The deterioration has been gradual over many years and I have had numerous hearing examinations/tests. This indicated, over the years, a gradual roll off of the higher frequencies(arguably due to age).
But thanks for that I'll speak to the local 'quack'
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