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Recently I took an online hearing test for kicks, found out I had some loss in the 8k+ frequencies:



I got to wondering if I'd notice a difference if I applied these results to my normal EQ settings, paying attention to the areas showing loss, so I gave it a go and did hear a difference! Voices are clearer, and things like cymbal crashes and guitars are brighter.

To try this out yourself, take this hearing test:

http://www.digital-recordings.com/he...ht_help_p.html

It's best to use headphones. You might have to run through the test more than once to get the best results(I missed marking the tone several times). Once you finish it'll give you a nice graph like the one above. Then just follow the basic curve of the graph to your EQ and listen for a difference.
    
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Too much time for an audiophile homie...WE are heard...not just hearing
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post #3 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by PROBN4LYFE View Post
Too much time for an audiophile homie...WE are heard...not just hearing
Hahah. That's a comment to live by, aint it?

Ok, well I did it, and if your symbol is below the grey dot, that's good? If so I'm pretty much good on all sound levels. I'm either at or below the dot.
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I guess I don't understand the comment. I figure any time taken to improve something is time well spent. If you're like me and have some loss of hearing this really seems to help.
    
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post #5 of 19
Great find! Definitely a useful tool for fine tuning individual frequencies.

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hmmm, i'm lacking in the 11-16k range
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Tritton AX360:

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Here is mine.

Not sure what it means.
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Hey, i just used Stumbleupon to see this post, great website stillhouse.
Anyway, the reason i'm posting is because i find this is both horribly inaccurate and extremely unique solution to EQ settings. I am medical enlisted and I perform hearing tests (audiograms) for Air Force personnel exposed to Hazardous Noise, (my AFSC is 4E051 for anybody who cares to know) and we only test 500, 1K, 2K, 3K, 4K, & 6K annually unless a patient has serious concerns (hearing loss, asymmetric loss, etc).
This test is obviously highly inaccurate, but it does provide a good insight. My recommendation is to adjust your volume on the 2K to about 5dB. Generally, most people test best on the 1 or 1.5K from my personnal experience. Getting all zeros across the middle section would mean your speakers are too loud, and you can actually hear beyond the "0 dB" mark.
Consider testing in the morning after a good night sleep. Unless your bed is near the subway line, chances are you have had a good 6 hours (give or take) of minimal noise exposure, lessening your possibilities of "temporary threshold shift" (you were recently exposed to a loud noise, and your hearing may improve after some time away from it).
When you do get your "best" frequency (whether it is 1K or 4K) to about 5 dB, then take the rest of the test and adjust to that. Also, we test in 5dB increments, which in my opinion is fairly accurate. 1 dB increments is ridiculous.

If anybody has any questions about their results, or audiograms in general, PM me.
post #10 of 19
EDIT: Also, it's 2313 right now (11:13 PM for everyone else) and I just re-read this post. Little past my bedtime, sry if it doesn't make too much sense.

I meant to say, do a manual test on the 1.5K and 5 dB, and adjust the calibration to where you can just BARELY hear it. If you find you can test better on another frequency, use that as your "base" instead. Then keep the calibration the same and do the rest of the test. BTW, most personnel i test often get 30+dB on the 6K. It's really approaching the end of human hearing, and I wouldn't get too concerned with anything past that. Unless your a MAJOR audiophile, you're almost never going to be exposed to noises above 6K; I.e. a Piccolo and and the last key of a piano is only about 4.5K. ( http://www.psbspeakers.com/audio-top...ncies-of-Music )
Note the writing, the piano scale does have a note saying where a regular piano ends.
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