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  1. #16
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    Massachusetts
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    Quote Originally Posted by eyemustdigtreasure View Post
    Eh...?

    Suggestion, use headphones that don't fully seal off outside noises.

    I use Philips SHS 5200 phones, that sit behind the head, resting on the ears like a pair of eyeglasses.
    Light weight, and they are inexpensive compared to most headphones that detectorists choose to use .
    Check them out online. Example
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Phi...gAAOSwpTBcL7me
    Thanks for the thoughts on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EK GOLD View Post
    Thanks for the link. I read it and this was more about the radiation from wireless technology which I suppose is one more thing to worry about. It seems like it's probably not something that harms us with normal usage. If you had wireless head[hones on all day every day seems like that might be something to worry about. I wish I could get out that much!
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  3. #18
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    Mar 2013
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    Maybe get a set that has volume control...besides, your metal detector should be telling you more info some other way, like id numbers
    or good ol' icons - so sounds just help you finally decide to dig or not.
    Stick With It - It's not *IF* you'll find the good stuff , but WHEN!

  4. #19
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    Ed

    Jul 2018
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    I've been detecting for 37 years and have always used headphones. I'm 73 now and last summer I started noticing that I had a minor? case of tinnitus. When listening to a radio, TV, cd player or whatever I always have it on low, so that makes me wonder....is the tinnitus simply caused because I'm getting old or did the years of detecting with headphones eventually cause it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clad2Silver View Post
    I've been detecting for 37 years and have always used headphones. I'm 73 now and last summer I started noticing that I had a minor? case of tinnitus. When listening to a radio, TV, cd player or whatever I always have it on low, so that makes me wonder....is the tinnitus simply caused because I'm getting old or did the years of detecting with headphones eventually cause it.
    At 73, tinnitus would be something I wouldn't lose sleep over. I have tinnitus at 43.
    Shooting, construction equipment, headphones, ect ect it all adds up.

    Military service is probably a huge factor for hearing loss for many.
    All treasures found with permission on private property or on active mining claims.

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    nomad roman numeral 2

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    NO ! as you get older God selects hoose hearing he takes away ? depending how much crap you been through in life. like he'd say ? i'm taking a little of nomads hearing.because too many jerks have been blowing their horns. ignorant morons ! who ever has anything good to say anymore ? just listen to the news ? you're not missing anything i tell ya. if ya have anything you need to tell me ? tell me in sign language ? oh wait the only sign language i know is the bird ? OH WELL right back at cha buddy.
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    BILL

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    over fourty years of metal detecting ,running big stihl chain saws , race cars and shooting i still can see pretty good.... .......

  8. #23

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clad2Silver View Post
    I've been detecting for 37 years and have always used headphones. I'm 73 now and last summer I started noticing that I had a minor? case of tinnitus. When listening to a radio, TV, cd player or whatever I always have it on low, so that makes me wonder....is the tinnitus simply caused because I'm getting old or did the years of detecting with headphones eventually cause it.
    Check your blood pressure...it can cause ringing ears.

    You can go for years...decades with heavy wax build up in your inner ears and not know it.
    It will cause temporary hearing loss and ringing ears.

    I once had my ears cleaned..it was crazy how much wax came out!!

    Brother actually had too sensitive of hearing after getting his ears cleaned. Took weeks to settle down.
    All treasures found with permission on private property or on active mining claims.

  9. #24
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    Listening to a threshold tone for several hours, and a quite low volume one at that seems like it could be an issue with me sometimes. My hearing isn't quite right for a little while afterwards.
    So many relics, so little time.

    Retired USAF. 1982-2008

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    CASPER

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    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    CASPER

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    i been in hobby since 1975 - used headphones that whole time and i can hear a mouse fart - so i guess it depends if you
    use extremely loud headphones - i have used mainly standard ones for land and water
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

  12. #27
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    Mar 2015
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    Take it from a guy with two hearing aids that can only restore 45 percent of my hearing. If it sounds loud, it's doing damage.

  13. #28
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    nomad roman numeral 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3cylbill View Post
    over fourty years of metal detecting ,running big stihl chain saws , race cars and shooting i still can see pretty good.... .......
    i hear that
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  14. #29
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    TerryEastTexas

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    Huh! Just kidding. But for real, I have tenitis and I think it was toooo much loud rock & roll with headphones or in my truck going down the highway over the years. But then again I'm no expert on hearing loss.
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    I've been detecting since Jan. 2001. My oldest find is a lockplate to a flintlock rifle. My oldest coin is a 1837 Capped bust dime. My best find is a T. Miller Cavalry Button. I use a Minelab X-TERRA 705 and the BH Tracker IV at this time.

  15. #30

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    I tend to wear my headphones sort of Half on/Half off on my ears...that's just my personal preference tho... Can hear the different tones just fine...

    Got-Good-Tones
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