Every time I go to the audiologist I get told my ears are hyper clean, a result of my constant ear plug usage.
Bill, I too wear Earplugs all the time... I have the little orange foamies in my computer bag, all suitcases, glove box of car, pockets... if I'm subjected to any loud environments, I pop them in, and I sleep every night with ear plugs.
You say your ears are hyper clean, from usage of the ear plugs... I find that once in a while, when I remove the ear plug, it's pushed / compressed wax further into my ear, creating a bit of a plugged ear. At one point it was so bad for a day or two, I went and got a water syringe, and cleaned my own ears out, and it was ok.
Does anyone use ear drops on a regular basis?
I've got a myriad of problems I'm concerned about as I age (And it's all flyin by pretty fast!)
I have "Medium" Tinnitus, Since I've moved into the new Mix Room at Addicion, it's SO Effin quiet in here, seriously, I can Hear my hearing loss" it's not suffocated in here, it's actually quite open, and very even sounding.. best mixing / working environment I've ever worked in to listen to sounds.. but when I hit STOP, and I'm working by myself, the "sound of the Air particles in the room" sound filtered, and there's my tinnitus.
I was actually relieved when I swapped power amps on my NS-10M's and hooked it up under the console, in the room (Old amp was in the Machine closet) onve it was working, I decided to build a little rack under the console, and leave it in here... it's quiet, but just a little bit of noise I feel like I need in the room, to not be "Shocked by the silence"
Our Cutting floor is really THAT quiet as well, it's pretty amazing.
I also have a sinus problem that concerns me for my hearing. I've been clean and sober for 15 years, so I'm not embarrassed to say I had a pretty active cocaine habit for a decade, which destroyed alot of my sinuses.
If I exhale hard, out my nose, I can hear the rumblings of wind (Like someone blowing in your ear, but from inside your head) CREEPY :) but I wonder, as this progresses, and as I age / deteriorate (Which is inevitably more rapid at this point) what problems / Damage could happen from this.
As far as "Typical hearing loss" - I'm so hyper sensitive to 3k ish frequencies I'm always notching chick vocals, and sometimes entire 2 mixes around 3.2k - so, as long as I'm doing that out of necessity to please me in a mix, I'm probably still ok for the "Noise generated hearing loss"
Is there a hearing test program / Wav we can download, and test our own hearing with? or some parameters we can use to devise our own test, such as playing a 1k tone at 70db and sweeping it up till we can't hear it anymore etc...
When I do this, through my DynAudios I can hear up to 15837Hz it's very faint, but detectable to me. anything above that, my DB meter on my iPhone still bounces up to 70DB so i know my speakers are producing the signal. My speakers / room keep within a DB up to 18051Hz then drop off 10db or so to --> 20db between there and 20k