4 years ago, testing in school I could still hear up to a maximum frequency of 16500 Hz which I already thought was bad. I don’t know if this is because my shitty sound-card, headphones combo, but with this test:
I sometimes get huge attacks of tinitus.
It’s very disorientating. Suddenly one ear will go quiet and i’ll be swamped in a sine wave.
Other times, everything just suddenly drops off and goes quiet then slowly comes back…
Is that even tinitus or am i a freak?
About a week ago I discovered that with very quiet sounds I can switch off one ear and only listen with the other one. I takes a lot of concentration but it’s sooo weird feeling to control my ears with my mind
Get it checked out. It could be something else, and don’t let the info on the web give you a placebo attack
I know I have it, though I have to wait for some time to get it checked out, health insurance here in the States is fucked, I got billed 3 large once for a visit at the emergency room after a seizure, luckily here in New Jersey there’s charity care for folks who don’t have a job and I didn’t have one at the time, so it got taken care of.
my tinnitus is improving, been keeping everything low volume and havent touched headphones in many years… the people that say it never improves probably never have a break for long enough…although I still sleep with the background noise of a fan running - rarely for cooling reasons; just used to the hum, and it’s the psychological thing of having actual control over the sound… kind of like when my nose is blocked, it drives me less crazy to stick a wad of tissue up there so it’s ME doing the blocking… even though its blocked anyway…
From a small test i can hear up to at least 17500 but I think the problem with tinitus is that not only the high frequencies but also other frequencies all over the spectrum are blocked out.
You have a little hair (I don’t know the english word for it) in your ear for every frequency, once one gets overloaded by a loud sound it gets paralized and doesn’t respond to incoming sound anymore, this is where the monotone beep comes from.
So my guess is even though I hear high frequencies, there maybe many other frequencies that can’t be triggered anymore.
I think my speakers must not work. I could hear up to 18k and just the tiniest shred of 19k at the online test. I downloaded the tone generator and could hear everything. 50,000hz, it didn’t matter. Must be my speakers.
To an extent my ears have had it much easier over the last several years, when I was in my 20’s I spent a significant amount of my 20’s at raves and nightclubs. Also I work in an office environment and not construction / heavy machinery which I think makes a huge impact on hearing. Overall, I’m fairly happy with it. It’s actually my vision that isn’t as good as it could be. I don’t have glasses but I know I could use some. My solution was just to get a projector with 120 inch screen. Problem solved! =)
The odd thing so far living with it is, I can tell when I’m consciously using my ears. I noticed it a few nights ago whenever I would watch a good film with the works: gripping story, excellent cinematography, original score, sound design, etc. Certain aspects of the film would pull me in and it would psychologically drown out the sound, sort of like being emersed in how a film directs your attention.
Thnx for the link Tronjobb, though in Vista here it just ‘clicks’, like a short sound is being looped (on sinus or the other waveshapes)…
Think I’ll have to go the hardware route to truly test it properly .
Amazed at how many people here suffer from (light) tinnitus. Ears are the most important asset of musicians so caution is advised. I wouldn’t crank the volume up on my headphones like I used to years ago.
Also for concerts in the future I’ll be stuffing my ears, a good site to browse plugs:
19 here. I had to load that tone generator on my XP machine though, and you have to turn the volume settings down just a hint and then turn up the volume on your headphones or speakers–if you have the volume on full in that program you hear other noise, it’s strange…
After 19 it was something that made me feel weird but that’s it. I probably played out too many times in bands to hear all the way to 20 anymore. I used to be able to hear dog whistles.