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Contest red light ticket or not? I know I'm right, but is it worth it?

I was caught by the camera going through an intersection while the light was red because there was also a green arrow allowing me to turn left legally. What are the odds of winning this when the photos are such poor quality that the green arrow looks like a faint green blob? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on May 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Quieter bluetooth headsets?

I just bought a Plantronics Marque M155 Bluetooth headset for use with my cell phone. The lowest volume setting on it is too loud for my probably-overly-sensitive ears. Any suggestions for quieter headsets? [more inside]
posted by asperity on Mar 20, 2014 - 2 answers

Help identifying mystery sound

I have been hearing a sound in my ears for the past few years, which is definitely not tinnitus or blood flow. Can anybody give me any ideas as to what might be its cause? [more inside]
posted by Thing on Feb 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me understand the difference between 28dB, 38dB and 48dB.

Help me understand the difference between 28dB, 38dB and 48dB. I'm thinking about buying a fridge, and the fridges I'm considering have noise levels ranging from 28dB to 47dB (according to the latest fridge assessment in Choice). Fridges with a 28dB noise level rating are too expensive for me, though, so I'm trying to find something I can afford but which won't annoy me too much (I'm sensitive to the noise of a buzzing fridge). What I can afford tends to be somewhere in the mid-30s dB range. But it's no use going into a noisy showroom and trying to properly gauge how a fridge will sound in my quiet home. So I'm wondering if there's a way I can test these different noise levels at home before I buy, to see what's the difference.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Hearing Protection for Musicians, or, It's Too Loud and I'm Too Old

I am a bass player, and I have recently returned to playing loud, noisy rock and roll after a 4-year hiatus from the stage. I have always eschewed earplugs on stage, on the grounds that they keep me from hearing all of the nuance I need to hear to play effectively with a group. But I ain't no spring chicken anymore, and now I recognize that the real reason I never wore earplugs before, even in mind-bendingly loud bands, was mostly out of misplaced machismo. I can tell that I have lost some hearing over the years, especially in the ear that usually faces the drums, and I want to avoid losing more. I have tried using cheap, disposable foam ear plugs, but I am not satisfied with the sound quality I am getting with them. Are there better ear protection alternatives out there? [more inside]
posted by vibrotronica on Sep 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Hearing loss makes me talk too quietly (I think) - ideas?

The common sterotype of people with hearing loss is that they SPEAK TOO LOUDLY!!! in order to hear their own voices; for me, though, the problem is starting conversations just a bit too quietly to be easily understood. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by onshi on Sep 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Speak into my good ear... hearing loss question

I am somewhat of a hypochondriac; however, I have in the past few years experienced frustration with hearing other people. I often cannot understand the words that people say unless they are facing me. If someone doesn’t have a line-of-sight with me, it’s almost certain that I’ll have to ask them to repeat what they say. If I’m watching TV, I’ll sometimes put the captions on because I can hear most of what is said, but not all. Today I took a few online tests and scored that I don’t require hearing aids. I hear perfectly if I’m wearing headphones and listening to music or tv. I’m around 40 years old, and male. What else can be going on? If I don’t have a hearing problem, do you have any recommendations for mitigating what I’m experiencing?
posted by Draccy on Aug 4, 2013 - 15 answers

Earplugs/muffs to block out a crying baby

In the next two weeks, there will be a new addition to our household -- a baby. (Not mine.) And since it's not mine, I would prefer not to hear it. There are lots of AskMes about earplugs, but many (like the ETY ones) use as a selling point that they don't muffle speech. I want to muffle everything. Best ear protection for the job, <$30?
posted by fiercecupcake on Jun 14, 2013 - 16 answers

I can hear again!

This morning when I put on my headphones to listen to music, I suddenly became aware of something incredible: I could hear sound through my left ear almost as well as I could hear with my right ear. [more inside]
posted by Transl3y on May 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Scared of Losing my Hearing

I have been noticing recently that I have a hard time knowing what people are saying to me at work, so I usually just nod and laugh or something. my hearing feels a bit muffled and sometimes at night my ears ring for no real reason (tinnitus?). I also listen to music when I jog through ear buds. It doesn't feel like I'm playing the songs too loud, and I listen to my ipod about every other day for about an hour. I am gonna hold out on any more listening until i figure out what's going on. I recently went to my ear nose and throat doctor and had a hearing test. He said it came back next to perfect. This confused me. Should I consult an audiologist? I feel like I'm struggling to hear others, especially when there is background noise. If anyone can give me any feedback, I'd surely appreciate it. I am 30 btw.
posted by Thanquol180 on Apr 14, 2013 - 10 answers

NRR-rated in-ear headphones?

I'm looking to find out whether any brand of in-ear headphones also carry a noise reduction rating (NRR). I'm not so much shopping for headphones as for earplugs with a headphone feature. [more inside]
posted by tirade on Apr 10, 2013 - 9 answers

Why can't I imagine frequencies outside of the range of my hearing?

I can accurately imagine sounds of 440hz. I can imagine sounds of 880hz, 1760hz, and so on, and accurately identify octave intervals. Why can't I keep imagining sounds an octave up, until I am imagining beyond the limits of my hearing?
posted by Jon Mitchell on Apr 4, 2013 - 12 answers

WHAT?

Earplug recommendation needed for concerts. Complication: tiny, tiny ear canal. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Mar 15, 2013 - 20 answers

How to fight a ticket for blocking your own driveway in San Francisco?

i've been living in an apartment building in san francisco for 10 years and have a one-car garage. for much of that time i parked my car on the street, parallel to the curb, blocking my own driveway to some extent. i also had friends park there cars there, and when i had a rental car, i parked it there on and off for several months. no one ever got a ticket. a couple months ago i parked a friend's car there overnight and got a ticket. apparently someone had called in a complaint, although the car was extending only into my own driveway, and by a small amount at that. i protested the $98 ticket, saying that i was the driver and the only one authorized to call in a complaint, but it was denied. i have no idea who called in the complaint, and DPT will not give out that information. i plan to do an in-person hearing. has anyone successfully fought this sort of ticket? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Feb 26, 2013 - 17 answers

Rebuilding an ear drum..

My 5 year old son has lost 70% of his ear drum and a large portion of his hearing in his right ear. The Dr is talking about surgery to repair it....it's called a Tympanoplasty.... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Jan 10, 2013 - 9 answers

Speak up, I can't hear you!

I think I might have ruptured my eardrum. Did I? Is this an urgent care situation? [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Dec 20, 2012 - 16 answers

How can I get headphones to work with my hearing aids?

How can I get headphones to work with my hearing aids? The noise leaking out of them is making my fellow commuters (and me) unhappy. [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Dec 5, 2012 - 11 answers

MRI's are loud.

Will MRI machines ever get softer? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Oct 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Can I turn off my hearing?

Would it be possible to install a switch of some sort in my head that would enable me to turn my hearing on and off? I realise that I would be unlikely to find a doctor willing to do this, but I'm interested in the theoretical possibilities. [more inside]
posted by alby on May 18, 2012 - 18 answers

Why do I experience ear pain a few hours after bathing?

Why do I experience ear pain a few hours after bathing? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 6, 2012 - 14 answers

How Many Freaking Trips to Ulster County I Gotta Make???

Can (NY state) traffic court simply reschedule your trial if a cop fails to show at the hearing? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Apr 3, 2012 - 12 answers

I hear you, but I also hear the cat licking its paws a mile away...

Attention Filter: I can't filter things out when it comes to hearing. [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Feb 23, 2012 - 15 answers

Will I have to pay a parking ticket for a stolen car?

My car was stolen. Will I have to pay the ticket for illegal parking where it was dumped? [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh on Feb 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Dr. Wembley's Patented Tin-Ear, Athlete's Foot, and Gingivitis Cure

My weekly musicfilter: Help me train my ear. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Feb 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Speak now, or...

A child, is 3 1/2 years old, and has never spoken a word. Parents (very, very born again Christians) finally decide, maybe they should take him to a doctor to get checked out or something. This is my grandson. MeFites, potential jury pool, what is going on with this beautiful young boy? And how do I quell the urge to knock my daughter and son-in-law's heads together like Larry and Shemp? Go look up pissed-off in the dictionary, I'll wave back. [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Jan 24, 2012 - 16 answers

earbud headphones - permanent hearing damage?

A few years ago I heard a popular scientist on the radio discussing the effects of listening to music via earbud headphones. He said that if someone can hear the music I'm listening to, I am doing permanent damage to my ears. Is this true? I would appreciate reference to any peer-reviewed scientific research on this topic, if available.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jan 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Hearing with my hair

I can hear with a location on the top of my head. Is this common? Unusual? What is it called? [more inside]
posted by HiroProtagonist on Dec 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Why Waive?

What is the point of waiving a preliminary hearing? [more inside]
posted by glaucon on Dec 13, 2011 - 15 answers

ASL degree?

Is a degree in ASL really necessary? [more inside]
posted by tunestunes on Nov 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Suspended in tribulation

Is it ok to take my unborn child to a death metal concert? [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Oct 25, 2011 - 35 answers

Same bat GRRR channel ROWF

Duffy was agitated tonight when we were watching the bats at sunset. Was he agitated because he could hear them? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Sep 27, 2011 - 9 answers

Sorry for the morbid question.

Hospice and palliative-care providers often tell patients' families and friends that as people die, hearing is the last sense to go. Is there any science behind the claim? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence on Sep 23, 2011 - 10 answers

My heart is big, my ears are crap

I have often have trouble understanding what ESL speakers are saying, and I pretty much feel like a jerk after asking someone to repeat something a third time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 - 26 answers

What! WHAT?

New digital hearing aids. Help me adapt. [more inside]
posted by Mom on Aug 4, 2011 - 10 answers

It didn't even seem that loud at the time!

I went to a concert over the weekend, and probably stood too close to a speaker. I've had a light ringing in my right ear for around a day now, and have hadn't really experience anything like this before. I have no history of hearing loss, and have always tested well on hearing tests for various physicals/jobs. Sound seems slightly muffled on that side. Should I see a doctor, wait it out, or am I overreacting? I have insurance, but it's not very good. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jun 5, 2011 - 20 answers

Audio hallucinations while smoking weed?

How concerned should I be about audio hallucinations while smoking weed? And who do I even ask about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2011 - 22 answers

71 in 45 mph zone. >$500

I was ticketed in NYC for going 71mph in a 45 zone. I'm a CA resident. I have a court date in a month. Please help me pick the right strategy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 - 6 answers

Completing an affidavit for a friend's custody hearing

How do I best complete an affidavit to support a friend who is seeking custody of her child? [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle on Jan 27, 2011 - 6 answers

How to pick out sounds from a loud environment?

Is there any way of improving one's ability to pick out particular sounds from a loud environment? [more inside]
posted by Coobeastie on Jan 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Testing for Central Auditory Processing Disorders in Young Children?

How do you navigate the tangled maze of getting your child tested for a learning disability (specifically a suspected case of Central Auditory Processing Disorder) in Chicago or north Chicago suburbs? Or even find a trusted professional to evaluate your child? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Can ear wax removal cause tinnitus?

Can an ENT-administered ear wax removal cause tinnitus? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Dec 6, 2010 - 14 answers

Fight Colo foreclosure by myself ...

I do feel that that my foreclosure is not properly being done and think I could delay it while they start again. [more inside]
posted by CodeMonkey on Nov 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Advanced Rolling Stone syndrome; what shall I stick in my ear?

Vanity and cheapskate-itude have kept me from from the audiologist until now, but it seems I'll have to get at least one hearing aid. [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms on Nov 7, 2010 - 13 answers

Not wearing your hearing aids

Will not wearing my hearing aids make me deaf? [more inside]
posted by wayland on Oct 11, 2010 - 2 answers

Why do my headphones sound louder when I switch them around?

Why do in-ear headphones sound much louder when I put the left-labelled one in my right ear and the right-labelled one in my left ear? [more inside]
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars on Oct 9, 2010 - 6 answers

help buying a hearing aid for my mother

how to get a good deal hearing aids for my mother [more inside]
posted by alcahofa on Aug 7, 2010 - 6 answers

Why do I find conversations in crowded places so unpleasant?

Why do I find conversations in crowded places so unpleasant? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Jul 23, 2010 - 23 answers

Help me navigate the federal bureaucracy!

Can I apply for federal employment under Schedule A? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jun 16, 2010 - 1 answer

Ideas for my best man/brother's wedding speech? PS He's severely hearing impaired.

Ideas for my best man/brother's wedding speech? PS He's severely hearing impaired. I can't believe I didn't think to ask this here earlier. My brother/best man is having a tremendously hard time thinking of ways he can deliver his speech at my wedding (in 12 days!). I always say he doesn't have a very thick deaf accent. But I've been hearing it for 20 some years, so I'm a bit biased. In all honesty, people at the wedding would probably have a hard time understanding him. He's really nervous...for good reason. Any ideas?
posted by sredefer on May 10, 2010 - 29 answers

Can your bass player do that?

Do I have perfect pitch? [more inside]
posted by cronholio on May 10, 2010 - 34 answers

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