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eahm
post Sep 11 2012, 02:39
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"Hello doctors/experts,"

I read that the ability to hear high frequency sounds drops with time and age and I am aware that we have a range and I also saw graphs and documents about it.

My concern is about how the drop appears, does it change from where one lives? How much and how fast can the time/age drop? Does it depend to humidity? Weather (too cold, too warm)? Altitude? Bad habits (alcohol/beer, whisky etc., smoking/cigars etc.)? Most important, fatigue/not to much sleep (and probably still related to the weather being too warm)?

I am 30, can it be temporary and go back up during winter?

It's not a matter of life and death, I actually don't really care, the music is still good to me and if age does this it's ok but I was able to hear up to 17Khz let's say 5-6 months ago and now only up to 13Khz. Here in Phoenix 5-6 months ago was cooler than this very hot summer that's why I'm asking about the weather possibility. I've been in Arizona 6 years but I am not from here, I am from a small mountain town from the center-north of Italy, I have no idea what the desert can do to a person.

If anyone can answer, thanks.

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Mach-X
post Jan 14 2013, 07:55
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The funny part is your brain/ears continually adjust to environmental conditions throughout the day. For example I drive truck for a living, after 12 hours in a noisy semi I cant hear tones above 12khz, yet under normal conditions I can hear 17khz easily. Yet my music still sounds the same. Scientific studies have shown that even under normal conditions we start to experience high frequency loss in our 30s and that normal adult hearing is more like 30-15khz. But take heart! There are only 8 notes between 10khz and 20khz ie a single octave of harmomics/digital noise hardly audible to dogs or bats let alone humans during music playback. Its not worth obsessing over since its an unavoidable fact of life. Granted its still adviseable to wear earprotection in noisy environments to prevent long term damage in the important ranges.
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- eahm   Frequency hearing drop   Sep 11 2012, 02:39
- - mzil   http://www.speechandhearing.ca/files/noise...ring%...   Sep 11 2012, 03:23
- - eahm   This is why I can't explain the amount of drop...   Sep 11 2012, 03:50
- - mzil   I've added to my previous post, so you may wan...   Sep 11 2012, 04:07
- - eahm   ...1 year ago we moved and the air conditioning is...   Sep 11 2012, 04:18
- - greynol   Congestion can cause temporary hearing impairment....   Sep 11 2012, 04:26
- - eahm   Thank greynol, I'll look into that as well...   Sep 11 2012, 05:11
- - greynol   You might find that you are allergic to the region...   Sep 11 2012, 05:35
- - AndyH-ha   I suspect that any self respecting professional is...   Sep 11 2012, 06:29
- - yourlord   I realized my hearing loss recently as well. Throu...   Sep 11 2012, 16:49
- - eahm   I will get my ears professionally tested, what I s...   Sep 11 2012, 17:53
- - mjb2006   I could be wrong, so correct me if I am, but I am ...   Sep 11 2012, 18:37
|- - probedb   QUOTE (mjb2006 @ Sep 11 2012, 18:37) I co...   Sep 12 2012, 08:04
- - pdq   Nonetheless, if the loss of high frequency hearing...   Sep 11 2012, 18:39
- - smok3   QUOTE (mjb2006 @ Sep 11 2012, 19:37) I co...   Sep 11 2012, 19:05
- - slks   I have heard of loud noise from driving causing he...   Sep 12 2012, 08:40
- - IgorC   QUOTE (eahm @ Sep 10 2012, 23:39) It...   Sep 13 2012, 04:58
- - m00k0w   This is a very important topic to us. Rarely I sto...   Nov 15 2012, 09:01
- - DonP   I've seen reports from surfers and whitewater ...   Nov 15 2012, 14:11
- - Mach-X   The funny part is your brain/ears continually adju...   Jan 14 2013, 07:55
- - eahm   That's in fact what I am thinking, my hearing ...   Jan 14 2013, 08:08


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