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Having problems with TV background music?
Tuesday 28 October 2014 12:39PM

Oh Dear. I have been aware of my deafness for many years and use NHS digital hearing aids in both ears. I had a go at the above test but cheated somewhat running it through my speakers, but in a quiet room, and then with headphones. Without my hearing aids my test result is just about 7khz, and just under 7Khz with hearing aids. I've dug out the results of my latest test at the hospital (March 2011) which shows that they don't even test above 8Khz. I guess I'd better book another appointment although I don't expect to get much improvement. My high frequency response is shot, literally. I took up rifle shooting in 1948 aged 11 before ear defenders were invented and it was my 'sport' during my army service. Eventually ear defenders were introduced but clearly too late for me.
Knowing what I know now, and if I was in a position to employ people, I would always insist they took a hearing test depending on the job that was being applied for. After army life I managed to get a job as a computer repair man (without a hearing test). Shortly before retirement I was sent to a large 'open' office to fix a noisy laser printer. "Where is it?" I asked on arrival. The people in the office were surprised I couldn't hear it. I had to get the covers off to hear a noise like a grasshopper. This reminded me I hadn't heard a real grasshopper for many years. Yes I realise a grasshopper does not produce a high pitched whistle, but a series of clicks. I then recalled learning a little about Fourier's analysis.(This might start something).
Background 'music' on TV documentaries is infuriating but I do manage to improve matters using a set of wireless headphones which are also useful when attempting to understand speech of Caledonian, Hibernian, American and Geordie actors and actresses.
Being a member of my local U3A I often come across members who are deaf, some reluctant to admit it. If I discover they live in a flat or semi I suggest they would hear their TV much better with headphones, and more importantly, their neighbours wouldn't!
PS I still can't hear grasshoppers, are they extinct?

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