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    Can metal detecting headphones lead to hearing loss?

    I have an AT Max with the wireless headphones and I generally keep my headphones turned all the way up to make sure I don't miss any tones. I almost always use the headphones instead of letting the sound come out of the machine ( as it annoys the hell out of me). Is it possible that this could lead to long term hearing loss or tinnitus etc.? Does anybody have first hand experience on this? I'm not currently experiencing problems but I'm curious if this could lead to something. Thanks.

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    Though I donít have any first hand experience here. I can say that I almost guarantee it is possible. I havenít heard of any metal detecting headphone circuitry to limit volume to protect hearing though some music players have it. Different people have different sensitivity to sound. If you happen to be one of those people that have sensitive ears I imagine it could happen. The cut-off for damage is generally thought to be about 85 decibels. So if any of the tones are above that, it is possible they could cause damage. Some examples of that level are an alarm clock, a passing diesel truck, a lawn mower. Riding a motorcycle is about 100 decibels. Just as a few examples.
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    If the tones are blasting when you hit normal and shallow targets, yeah it CAN cause hearing loss. ITs no different than any other loud noise. Most people don't have their volume so loud that its uncomfortable.
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    Absolutely there is a danger. The lower the volume the less danger you have but even lower volumes can damage your ear - less likely but can. I turn my volume down fairly low and really focus on what is coming through. I find that the higher the volume the more chattery& chirping I have to deal with.
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    Sorry, I couldn't resist. That's the same thing I say to my wife when she asks whether I'm wearing my hearing aids.
    BTW, she doesn't find it amusing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dts52 View Post
    WHAT

    Sorry, I couldn't resist. That's the same thing I say to my wife when she asks whether I'm wearing my hearing aids.
    BTW, she doesn't find it amusing.
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    Thatís funny ... just about what my dad says. He has hearing aids but fails to where them. Drives my mom up a wall.
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    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
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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
    But by letting in outside noise, wouldn't that require the user to raise the volume on the metal detector, which in turn results in additional sound energy entering the person's year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madmox View Post
    Though I don’t have any first hand experience here. I can say that I almost guarantee it is possible. I haven’t heard of any metal detecting headphone circuitry to limit volume to protect hearing though some music players have it. Different people have different sensitivity to sound. If you happen to be one of those people that have sensitive ears I imagine it could happen. The cut-off for damage is generally thought to be about 85 decibels. So if any of the tones are above that, it is possible they could cause damage. Some examples of that level are an alarm clock, a passing diesel truck, a lawn mower. Riding a motorcycle is about 100 decibels. Just as a few examples.
    Thanks for the thoughts on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason in Enid View Post
    If the tones are blasting when you hit normal and shallow targets, yeah it CAN cause hearing loss. ITs no different than any other loud noise. Most people don't have their volume so loud that its uncomfortable.
    I was thinking about the cumulative effect of the high tones. Thanks for the thoughts on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kansas_Jayhawk View Post
    Absolutely there is a danger. The lower the volume the less danger you have but even lower volumes can damage your ear - less likely but can. I turn my volume down fairly low and really focus on what is coming through. I find that the higher the volume the more chattery& chirping I have to deal with.
    I'll give it a try and see if I can still find stuff. Thanks.

 

 
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