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    Has your hearing declined from detecting with headphones??

    Just curious if others have had the same issue. My detector isn't loud enough in the wind, so I always use my headphones. Don't even have them loud. Seems like the ringing in my ears is getting much worse. Anyone else have this problem? Tinnitus is really annoying!!
    What?? Did you say something?? Speak up!

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    Re: Has your hearing declined from detecting with headphones??

    I have been using a single headphone made by Rattler for about 3 months and I think it has helped. I keep the volume at about 50%. Of course, advancing years have some effect on overall hearing but I like the Rattler phone a lot. As a wise man once said, Time and gravity makes fools of us all!

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    Re: Has your hearing declined from detecting with headphones??

    Get a pair with limiting circuitry (Black Widows, for example) that won't blow out your eardrums.
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    Re: Has your hearing declined from detecting with headphones??

    No but rockin in the 70s and 80s did not help.
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    Re: Has your hearing declined from detecting with headphones??

    The navy got my hearing, I've had tinnitus ever since about 1955, and head phones are a requirement for me. I'm sure I miss some of the subtle changes of threshold, but the headphones help a lot. One of my ears is worse than the other, so I use Black widow phones with adjustments for each ear, and I can balance the threshold between them, and they cut the outside noise.
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    Re: Has your hearing declined from detecting with headphones??

    Not as of yet, but it wasn't real great when I started
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    Re: Has your hearing declined from detecting with headphones??

    If your headphones are hurting your ears, you need a set with a volume control!

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    Re: Has your hearing declined from detecting with headphones??

    I have to use headphones to be able to hear what is going on with the detector , with out them I miss a lot of the deep targets that just barely make a sound .
    But I use the ones with volume controls on each ear so I can set them were they do not hurt my ears !
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    Re: Has your hearing declined from detecting with headphones??

    got a nice pair of headphones that came with my 350 has a volume control which helps alot. but my hearing loss comes from shooting targets and clay pigeons when i was younger. if your headphones are too loud get yourself a pair with volume control or wear them around your head/neck sound will travel thru bone if they are that loud

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    Re: Has your hearing declined from detecting with headphones??

    Nope, but a career in construction, rock music, and 44 mag pistol shooting probably did it.

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    Re: Has your hearing declined from detecting with headphones??

    Thanks for the comments. I do have headphones with volume control and try to keep them way down, but I guess I am just getting old!

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    Re: Has your hearing declined from detecting with headphones??

    Just don't try to let your buddies hear what's going on within your own headphones and you'll be o.k.

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    I finally got to try out my new Pro*Star headphones earlier this week. They are so clear compared to the cheap ones I was using with my T2. The signals really "pop" even with the volume turned down to compensate for the threshold. Honestly, I'm getting a little worried about how those pops can damage my hearing... even at low volumes they are significant. Before I got the new headphones I was already beginning to hear a constant "threshold" in my head...not just while detecting, but when I'm in complete silence. So I Googled "Hearing Loss- Metal Detecting" and surprisingly came up with nothing related to hearing loss caused by metal detecting (other than this post). I've been detecting for over 10 years now and it's somewhat of a concern of mine and I see I'm not alone but thought there would be more on the subject.

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    I spent 20 years on the radio as a music d.j. When I started out, my headphone dial was at about 8 o'clock. By the time I retired 20 years later, it was at about 4 o'clock! WAY up. I have high frequency hearing loss and every career jock I know will tell you - if you can hear them - WE'RE ALL DEAF!!!!

 

 
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