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How do you fair against this chart?

I can't hear much above 14-15khz (I'm 29). Even when I was a teen, prior to having been exposed to loud sound, I couldn't ever hear above 17khz.

So I've lost 2.5khz of hearing in 15years, over that period of time I've been listening to 1000's of hours of music above 110db-C / 85db-A.

I find this chart rather disturbing, as this is the average.
and they say men lose it faster as well. eek.gif

According to this chart, music should start sounding significantly worse and worse for anyone over the age of 35. eek.gif



Compared to the average person in this chart, I've aged my hearing by 2 years beyond expected.


Side Note:
Oddly enough as I've continued to age and lose more and more hearing, via listening experience I've actually gained greater perception of speaker distortions than when I was younger with better hearing. confused.gif

For example: when I walk into best-buy and hear their speaker/AVR selection quality, I have to leave the room after vomiting in disgust. I just can't fathom how people enjoy such sound systems?


Anyways... looks like time is truely ticking against us in this hobby, if you don't complete your uber-system by the time you hit 35 you're basically SOL (for most people / on average).
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I'm 50 and mine rolls off around 14.5khz........
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I'm 49 and can hear 14KZ fine and can't hear squat at 15KZ and above.
I'm probably exactly like kgveteran, probably rolls off at 14.5KZ.
My kids 17 and 19 hear 17KZ no problem and a little at 18KZ.
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If it is a bell-curve average, then 25% will have no significant loss in hearing, and 25% will have far-worse than normal.
The other 50% will be within 2 standard deviations of the average.

Looks like stats class was 50% useful in the Real-World after all... plus or minus 50% biggrin.gif
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I'm 36 and hadn't tested my hearing in a long time until just now. While mine has deteriorated some, I can still hear up to 18k, although the volume has to be increased as soon as I pass 16k. I've been a drummer for 20+ years but have always been diligent about using ear plugs. I am also the guy that you see at rock concerts with plugs in. I want to keep it as long as I can!
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I am 42 and I have a loss at certain frequencies. I am fine to 15khz and then 16-18khz is down but it is fine again at 19 and 20 khz. My audiologists said I probably just need a good cleaning or something to that effect. Anyways, I listen at reference all the time and to those that skeptics, it does not cause hearing damage. Just make sure the system can play that loud cleanly.
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I'm 34 and 14.75ishkhz is my limit. Last time I went to audiologist they said my low end was affected more than the high end but don't remember exactly what frequency I fell off at on the low end. They were quite surprised by my lack of hearing on the low end though. High end is just a flip of the coin on whether you begin losing it or not as even those that haven't been exposed for extended periods of time still have a great chance of being affected.
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I'm 57 (last year) and my ears are good to 14KHz... and that's down 0.1KHz due to noise exposure - happened to check frequency limit before/after concert. In college, it was more like 19.5KHz at 20 yrs.

While I attended dozens of shows as a youth, that was when promoters were just figuring out that the trick to making a bad band sound good was to up the sound level, and my day-to-day life is very quiet. I never drive with the driver's window open, for example, even though the car's not air conditioned, and heve never owned a motorcycle. Both of those can deafen you quite easily....

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What the chart doesn't take into account is the brains compensation. Although it may not "restore" hearing, it may alter the perception of sound to bring it back to a natural state. If the hearing loss is great, then the brain can't compensate enough. That's where it's important to take care of your ears.
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30 and 17 khz as of my last testing. My wife of the same age is at 16khz. I don't think I'm really missing those last 3khz or so..
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33 and have hearing damage that limits the upper frequencies quite a bit. My dip is closer to the age 40 bracket, but with a more pronounced rolloff past 6k. I can hear up to 13k reasonably turned up (some dips here and there), but nothing much past that.

90% of that hearing damage was not musically induced.
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33 and mine is fine up to 15 k, but I can't hear a 16 k tone regardless of how high it's turned up. I'm very diligent about using ear plugs as well. My audiologist said some of us are just predisposed to hearing loss. mad.gif

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31 and i can hear 18KH but not 19KH
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