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Offline NY Frank

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Do headphones temporarily alter your hearing?
« on: February 12, 2011, 05:03 PM »
Strange and unclear Subject, I know.

After I log a practice session with my Vic Firth isolation cans on, it feels like when I take them off, my hearing, or perception of what I'm hearing, is altered for a few minutes.  With the cans off, the drums sound so excessively high end and disgusting.     If I go back a couple of hours later, it sounds "normal" again.

Is there any science to this, or am I just crazy?
 


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Offline Jeff Bankston

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Re: Do headphones temporarily alter your hearing?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2011, 05:44 PM »
i have ben using headphones when practicing for 35+ years. yes they do seem to alter the sound a little after i take them off. i also started wearing earplugs along with the headphones right after i started using them. right now i use the -29db foam earplugs and a real old set of radio shack nova40 haedphones with the big ear cushions that cover the entire ear. my drums do have a lot of high end and are very very loud and punchy. the sound alteration only last a few minutes and i noticed it many many years ago.

Offline Chris Whitten

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Re: Do headphones temporarily alter your hearing?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2011, 06:00 PM »
With the cans off, the drums sound so excessively high end and disgusting.   

Your ears have just become normalized to the sound of the drums inside the Vic Firth cans.
That's a good thing.
The excessive high-end and harshness is what the drums actually sound like in the room, and what would be damaging your ears were you not wearing the Vic Firths.

 

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