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Old 17th January 2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default Personal EQ & AMP for Hearing loss

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I am looking to build the ultimate personal amplifier. I lost my hearing at a very young age and have always struggled with listening to audio output from phones, computers, MP3 etc……. When I have my hearing aids in and try to listen its even worst! I would like to build an audio amplifier with a programmable equalizer 7 band equalizer! It will be connected to the 3.5mm audio output jack I will connect +5V separately. For programming the device will be connected to the PC temporally through the USB jack and then removed. Looking for details and suggestions. I would like to discuss if 1 stage amplifier enough? Is it better to amplify first then equalize or the other way equalize then amplify. Who makes the best audio chips? What software is needed to program the EQ is it possible? Any suggested readings, websites, software, forums, etc……..

Easy to build and program! Must be like using a chip like Monolithic Linear integrated circuit LA3600

Input voltage: 5V
Gain: ?
Equalizer: 7 band or better
Input/ Output: 3.5mm

And for the hard way using a DSP or FPGA to build a advanced equalizer/ gain headset that could be used in any computer, phone or MP3 player!

Thanks in advanced!
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Old 17th January 2013, 07:12 PM   #2
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This isn't really answering your question which is difficult tbh. A lot depends on the type of hearing loss I guess.

Anyhow, something like this can make a big difference if you have high frequency loss. Post #23
Advice for hearing impaired setup on a new television?

I've just noticed your other thread which I'll delete
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Old 17th January 2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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That thing is a monster! But has a great looking plot! I was looking for something much smaller. It doest need to have the curve. I just want to do simple adjustments through an EQ and add some gain to a headset. The output is way to low from most devices.
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Old 18th January 2013, 06:39 AM   #4
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How about using a cheap graphic equaliser intended for car use. There's enough room in those to add a small headphone amp. I actually did this a long time ago before building the "monster" above which provides greater clarity for speech. You wouldn't be able to get such a curve from a simple electronic solution (like a graphic).

(Most of the complexity of the design is the triac switched PSU and ultra low power audio detection circuit and the capacitive touch switch)
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Old 8th May 2013, 05:27 AM   #5
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Get an audiogram first.
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