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]
how to get a good deal hearing aids for my mother [more inside]
Why do I find conversations in crowded places so unpleasant? [more inside]
Can I apply for federal employment under Schedule A? [more inside]
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?
Do I have perfect pitch? [more inside]
What kind of doctor do I need for my son? I think he may have selective sound sensitivity syndrome or misophonia, but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
Wind tunnel in my ears. Make it stop. [more inside]
Why does exercise make me hear funny? I don't even swim, but it sounds like I have water in my ear. [more inside]
I am having a bizarre tinnitus (ear ringing) issue. Please help give me ideas on how to solve it. [more inside]
Where can I find a tea kettle that plays a melodic sound when the water boils, rather than the common high-pitched screeeeee? I heard one once, so I know they exist, but I'm having zero luck finding one. Even when they claim to be pleasant, they aren't, and buying and returning tea kettles (especially online) is getting old fast. Do you have a lovely sounding kettle? Please tell me all about it.
Am I losing my hearing? [more inside]
I have a problem with sudden deafness in one ear and am trying to figure out what to do. [more inside]
My ability to hear volume seems fine--I hear distant birds, quietly chirping insects, etc. However, I have trouble understanding people when there are other people talking, and it's affecting my business. Is there a quick fix? [more inside]
I want to start going clubbing, but I also want to keep my hearing intact. Earplug selection help needed! [more inside]
Are the benefits of sauna therapy real? Some family members of mine talk about saunas being useful for "getting out heavy metals." Supposedly, the body sweats them out. [more inside]
How can I tell if my dog is partially deaf? [more inside]
Why can't I, and how can I, hear my dad's accent? [more inside]
Wacky ear question: Sometimes when I speak out loud one or both of my ears will pOp and I can't hear anything but my own voice. What the heck is going on and how can I get it to stop? [more inside]
I'm seeking insurance for my hearing aids that won't bankrupt me. [more inside]
Huh?Filter: Advice needed on getting a hearing aid [more inside]
BurgeoningSuperPowerFilter: I can hear some electric fields. What causes this? [more inside]
Why don't I pay attention to lyrics? [more inside]
Having trouble making out a word in this narration: "An odious (?) collection of moves?" MP3 link (@ 0:10) [more inside]
How can I stop a compressed gas regulator from whistling? [more inside]
Has anyone successfully had a cochlear implant covered when the insurance company says that it's excluded? [more inside]
I've suddenly begun to experience a rather disturbing auditory phenomenon. Sounds as heard by my right ear are pitched lower than the same sound as heard by my left ear. This gives people's voices and music (especially music) a very frightening and eerie chorus effect that's becoming more and more disconcerting. [more inside]
What's the psychology behind EXTREMELY loud music in nightclubs, concerts, and even some stores? [more inside]
I'm recovering from a bout of pneumonia for which I was prescribed a 5-day course of Azithromycin. I'm feeling much better, but I'm bothered by tinnitus. Googling has revealed that my antibiotic may have cause this. If so, will it go away eventually and/or is there anything specific I can do to help it go away? I really don't want to - and can't afford to - pay for another doctor visit if this is something that will go away on its own. [more inside]
What can I do to fix my hearing? (Don't forget to use caps so I can hear you.) [more inside]
Not-My-Doctors on MeFi: Where do I go with this hearing issue? [more inside]
Why are sine waves considered "pure" tones? Why do we consider sinusoids the building blocks of periodic functions? [more inside]
My husband's hearing aid's C-guard slipped out, and any new one we try to insert gradually worms its way out and pops out too. Any advice on getting it to stay in until we can make an appointment? [more inside]
EarPressureFilter: I had an argument with someone a couple hours ago, and they yelled in my left ear for a few seconds. My ear isn't ringing. but it feels pressurized, like I'm underwater, on and off. I've taken a full dose of magnesium-based antacid...anything else I can do? Will a doctor be able to help, or do I just need to move somewhere with a vow of silence for a month?
I need advice on purchasing hearing aids in Canada. [more inside]
I am a big fan of theater of all types and it one day occurred to me while I was watching an opera that at least some of my enjoyment comes from the fact that opera is very organic; opera singers sing without wearing microphones, they just project. I recently saw the Sacramento Opera performance of Tosca and during a scene in the first act between Mario and Floria they are very close while singing with such great projection. My question is, how do they do this with out hurting or even damaging the hearing of the person near them?
My left ear seems to be declaring war. A little bit of grossness inside. Have you experienced this? [more inside]
Whenever I yawn while listening to music, the music becomes not only distant, but out of tune. Why is that? My mother says it happens to her as well.
Suppose I told you I'm "left-eared". Would you get it? [more inside]
What activities can I initiate with my substantially-deaf, substantially-blind grandfather? [more inside]
My grandmother is hard of hearing/deaf but refuses to wear a hearing aid. Conversation with her is becoming all but impossible. I'm thinking of giving her one of those old-fashioned horns, because although it will look a bit silly, it will at least be functional, and available to her when necessary. And it's not "some electronic thing" she has to "fiddle" with. My question is, where would you get one of those? Preferably not an antique.
Are custom fitted noise-reducing earplugs any better than cheaper off-the-shelf ones? [more inside]
Two questions about noise cancelling headphones: 1) Are JVC HA-NC80s any good?; and 2) Are NC headphones (in general) bad for your hearing? [more inside]
I went to a concert three days ago and my left ear is still ringing. How do I tell if it's permanent hearing loss? Should I see a doctor? [more inside]
Hypotension/hypovolemia as a low-pass filter: I got cut, I went into shock, and then everything started sounding funny. I'd guess it was a 40 dB (±10) rolloff, which began near 200 Hz (±50) and left me with nothing above 1kHz. How in the world? Story, discussion of numeric estimates, off-the-cuff physiological speculations, etc... [more inside]
Is it possible to be hard of hearing, without having anything wrong with your ears? [more inside]
I am somewhat hard of hearing but hear quite well when I wear my hearing aids. I drive a Lexis RX300 and often drive around with my turn-signal on because I don't hear the clicker. I have not had this problem in cars that I have rented. Is there a way to make the turn-signal clicker louder?
Why are my ears itchy all the time? :( [more inside]
headphone choice for non symmetrical hearing: my father is mostly-deaf in one ear. He wears an in-ear hearing aid that works well. He would like to find the following... [more inside]