Originally Posted by jrref
What a lot of people either don't know or ignore is that loud sounds from music, work environment, etc, eventually damage your hearing permanently. When you go to the ENT he will do a hearing test and tell you about your specific hearing, good, bad or getting bad by frequency! I often hear people saying that they listen at "reference" level which I think is 80 DB. If you listen at anything louder than 80 DB for long periods of time, especially as you get older, you will be damaging your hearing permanently over time. What you are describing doesn't sound like a symptom of the speakers, etc, unless you are playing them much louder that before. Before doing anything see what the ENT says and I would suggest playing your sound system at a lower level and see what happens.
I think reference level is 85dB with peaks up to 105dB. ****ing loud, IMO.
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