Do any of you need a hearing device to hear your intonation?
I have some documented hearing loss. Mild in the middle spectrums, and moderate on both ends. So, I've been trying to suss out a new violin that I can better hear my ringtones to improve my intonation.
Have tried probably at least 6 in home, and 10 at shops.
Yesterday, I found a small "personal amplifier" in my bedroom, that I'd bought years ago. Something like $5-10 at a local electronics store, probably in the "As Seen On TV" bin.
I replaced the batteries, scrubbed out the corrosion, clipped it to my belt on my right side, turned up the volume, and VOILA, ringtones.
I had been trying a cheapo in-ear amplifier until now, and not so great in this department. Now I can chill a bit.
Anyone else having this problem, needing a hearing assist to find your intonation? Any problems you run into when using them to perform?
What kind do you use?
If you have a diagnosed hearing loss, hearing aid is the way to go. One needs to be able to hear fundamental frequency. Overtones (sound envelope) have more to do with timbre than intonation. For example, overtones of a flute sound differ from violin's - that is how we distinguish between those 2 instruments.
I'm going to assume that your hearing is OK. If you actually have hearing loss, then that's a whole different situation.
I changed my OP at top. I do have documented hearing loss. Sorry, failed to mention that. I wasn't just looking for some gimmick.
There is an online hearing test:
Where did you read this about the 1/4 cost hearing aids. I think the hearing aid industry is predatory. Absolutely no reason for hearing devices to be that expensive.
David, you are certainly correct about the predatory pricing of prescription-required hearing aids. I have read they are actually worth around $250 even though they may cost 10 times more. The current issue of Consumer Reports has an article on "Sound Advice About Hearing Loss." I did miss-quote a price point, which was not given and schedule. "A 2017 law calls for the creation of a new entry-level category of hearing aid, which will be available over the counter." Rules and regulations for this are not expected before at least August 2020. "Last fall the FDA approved the marketing of the Bose Hearing Aid, the first self-fitting hearing device." "Bose doesn't have a release date yet."
This is a really good thread, thanks for starting it David. Couple of things to add.
Hearing aids are designed for speech recognition and most of them are not useful for music. The main limitation is the input, but also DAC, digital to audio converter. Although computer power is making miracles, results are still way behind natural hearing of music. Do not be fooled by "music" programs. See articles written by Dr. Marshall Chasin or visit his web site. It appears that analog hearing devices, although primitive for speech, did a better job for music.
I found my cheapo Amazon in-ear device to be a VERY good alarm system to alert me to double stops or drones that were not up to snuff. Unless one LIKES distortion that is. Some people pay good money for pedals that will do that.
My 4 year old CostCo digital hearing aid seems to me treating me OK for music, both listening and playing.
Andrew, what brand/model?
David, my hearing aid is the CostCo house brand, Kirkland. A behind-the-ear model that cost me about $2000 for my two ears. CostCo provides lifetime free service and will replace the devices free during the first 2 years if you damage or lose them.