Hearing problems and playing
How do those of you with some hearing loss deal with intonation and such? Not profound loss, but, say, 25% on the highs and lows. I'm 65.
Do you wear hearing aids? Does that hurt or help?
I've got some hearing loss and constant ringing in my ears. I guess there might be some effect on the ability to hear the important overtones that are useful in establishing good intonation, but I'm not quite ready to blame my imperfect intonation on that. Concentration is still probably the weakest link for me.
I now wear prescription hearing aids. They help me immensely. I'd say my (probably inherited) hearing loss has become quite profound although it has been described as moderately serious. I would probably not understand at least 50% of what 30% of people tell me. I'm 19 years older than you.
Hell, it might have been 25 decibels. That seems like a lot though.
David - go back and see what I added to my post above yours. Also, failed intonation on a violin can also be due to overdriving the left ear causing it to hear sharp. Try sticking a wad of cotton or a wax ear plug (try for 12 - 18 db attenuation) and see if intonation is easier to discern when your right ear gets a better shot at it.
I have mild conductive hearing loss, 17-20db, for which I wear 2 hearing aids.
I have Etymotic's "Bean" for conferences and mumbling kids at table. It accepts loud sounds without distortion, but for my better ear, I stick a piece of scotch tape over the microphone.
I wear hearing aids due to some high frequency hearing loss. I've taken this article's advice (below) when dealing with my audiologist and adjusting my hearing aids. It has made a world of difference in my intonation and "ear" for music. My teacher and ensemble mates have commented on the accuracy of my pitch recognition and sensitivity to tone since I've "tweaked" my aids. A very interesting read for musicians with hearing problems.
I think my initial hearing loss was in the highs, 20 years ago when I first attempted violin. I could not tolerate any brightness from a violin. Wanted to smash them against the wall after a while, without really knowing why. I read somewhere at the time that when you have a loss in the highs, and highs are coming into your ear, they get translated chaotically. Not sure if that's true or not. Due to additional factors knocking down my hearing, I now need some more highs from a violin. I'd still rather not have the sound of crappy fiddles next to my ear though.
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