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Understanding hearing aids

Posted by Paul Bock on Saturday, July 6, 2019

I recently made the "leap" to hearing aids (got tired of family members "pinging" on me when I had trouble hearing what they said).  I needed them due to a gradual deterioration of my high-frequency hearing, which tends to make things sound "bassy" or "muddy".  The first time I tried playing the banjo with the hearing aids turned "on", the "tinniness" of the sound made me think that something was seriously wrong with the banjo!  As I have since figured out, the hearing aids tend to "overemphasize" the high frequencies a bit, and despite the fact that they are adjustable in volume and tone balance I've found it best to just turn 'em off when I'm playing.  Besides, a banjo NEVER sounds to the player the way it sounds to the audience, anyway.

Come to think of it, one's banjo *PLAYING* never sounds to an audience the way it does to the player, either, which is why it's always wise to do a bit of recording & playback to see how ragged you *REALLY* sound, LOL! 

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