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  1. #1

    Aug 2005
    Nevada
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    detecting and hearing loss

    I have holes in my hearing (both ears)at 6000 hrtz(30% loss at that freq), wondering how that would affect the tones i hear from a detector?

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    Apr 2008
    Montana
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    Re: detecting and hearing loss

    Not sure what you cant and can hear but I know that the Black widow headphones are real popular for detectorists who have hearing problems. I also heard of an adapter that was made that would plug into the headphone plug and it had a light that would go of when you hit a target. Hope this helps.

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    us
    Jan 2006
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    Re: detecting and hearing loss

    It may not be a problem, depending on what headphones you use. For instance, the Black Widows (http://www.detectorpro.com/blackwidow.htm) have a "Frequency response: 200 - 3200 Hz... only what your detector uses." I've always been intrigued by this statement...do all detector's tones fall into this freq range? I don't know for sure.

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    Re: detecting and hearing loss

    You could always go out with someone and check out their detector and see how the headphones works for you.......Matt
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    Sea'mus King of the Leprechauns

    Jan 2009
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    Re: detecting and hearing loss

    I have a forty percent over loss in my good ear. A sixty five percent loss in the other ear, The hire the frequency the bigger the loss from acoustic trauma.

    A good head set and turn the volume up a little, and you my do OK. Put a computer chip in it for flashing lights when you strike the mother lode, LOL.
    Sea'mus King of the Leprechauns

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    DFCA

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    Re: detecting and hearing loss

    if you get a detector that has the VCO capability, hearing loss is not a problem

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    monty

    Jan 2005
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    Re: detecting and hearing loss

    I have a high freq loss in one ear. I'm not sure if I am missing something or not since I wouldn't hear it in the first place. Actually I can hear sounds, just can't tell what is being said if it is conversation. Monty
    Don't make me loose the hounds! If you dig, Cover up your holes.

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    May 2008
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    Re: detecting and hearing loss

    My hearing was messed up in the military working communications.

    Most detectors us Threshold tones well below that.

    Head phones and Do it!

  9. #9
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    monty

    Jan 2005
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    Re: detecting and hearing loss

    I recently upgraded to a Minelab Safari and it has so many tones compared to my old detector I had and still to some degree have a problem deciphering all of them. I am just wondering if I am hearing what everyone else is or if I am missing something? Don't know how I would find out. I bought a freq modulater adapter thingy as someone suggested but I am finding it is just some more wires to be in the way when I am hunting. But I am doing much better with the Safari now so my ears must be adapting. Monty
    Don't make me loose the hounds! If you dig, Cover up your holes.

  10. #10
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    Jul 2008
    East Jordan, Michigan
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    Re: detecting and hearing loss

    I have some holes in my hearing in both ears from too many years working with machines. Being young and invincible I never used to use hear protection. Apparently my hearing wasn't as invincible as I was?

    I have digital hearing aids, which are great, except while detecting with headphones on.

    I use some ProGolds, and a wireless amplified set when its too hot. My hearing works well enough that I had a great year.

    I did come across something I found interesting here on treasurenet. It's a Koss equalizer that would let you adjust the frequenies going to your headphones. Interesting and inexpensive ($20) option.

    Here is a link to the thread http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,206397.0.html

    I just wonder how hard it would be to retrain yourself and how you get the same frequencies for good stuff every time?


    Good Luck,
    Mark

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    Aug 2005
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    Re: detecting and hearing loss

    Quote Originally Posted by Monty
    I have a high freq loss in one ear. I'm not sure if I am missing something or not since I wouldn't hear it in the first place. Actually I can hear sounds, just can't tell what is being said if it is conversation. Monty
    I love my Black Widow phones for comfort and hearing all the tones the various detectors use. The only detectors I can't use them on are the water detectors that have their phones hardwired.

    I had a gal in my group that always managed to find the smallest gold with her Tesoro and Grey Ghost phones, however when asked for her secrete she said, she listens for almost a sound. Now to me it is either a sound or not................
    (C) Sandman, 2005. All Rights Reserved.
    "TIME IS THE ONLY THING YOU NEVER GET BACK, WHY WASTE IT SWINGING A DETECTOR THAT ISN'T UP TO THE TASK."

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    Sea'mus King of the Leprechauns

    Jan 2009
    Found under a rock, in Washington State.
    Garrett Scorpion, Garrett pro pointer
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    Re: detecting and hearing loss

    I have a pin pointer for when I get a signal with my detector , I'll stitch over and the pin pointer will pulsate and vibrate slightly with a strong signal.

    My hearing loss makes vibrations more sensitive and the pin pointer will verify if I heard a good signal or not. I happen to be a Garrett owner but I'm sure other brands work equally as well.

    My pin pointer is a new item to me but I'm very satisfied that I picked one up.
    Sea'mus King of the Leprechauns

 

 

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