Audio Asylum Thread Printer
Get a view of an entire thread on one page
|For Sale Ads|
In Reply to: RE: Highest frequency presnt on LPs? posted by middleground on September 23, 2009 at 16:53:21
Usually about 16khz in the early 20s. There are radical exceptions. I know because I was one. I could still hear beyond 24khz well into my 30s (see my response to Werner). I mention 24khz because that was the limit of the test equipment in those days.
By the time the majority of men are in their 40s 10khz to 12khz is fairly normal.
As for people who listen to incredibly loud music (even headphones) hearing decreases across the entire range but treble is even worse.
Being in my 60s now, my hearing is much more normal but still in the normal 20 year old range.
At just shy of 56, I can still hear to around 14 kHz in my right ear; I used to get up to higher than 15 kHz (I don't know how much higher, though). The sound of the high-frequency oscillators in TVs used to drive me batty! No more, alas.... My left ear, unfortunately, got hit by a disease process that destroyed the bones of the middle ear and invaded the mastoid. In that ear I don't hear below about 100 Hz, and not above about 7 kHz. I take good care of my ears these days!
If you are (were) an organist as your moniker implies, 32' (even 16') stops wide open can cause a lot of damage, as can trompettas but for a very different reason.
I am genuinely very sorry about your hearing problems. It is nasty for anyone but particularly for musicians and music lovers.
I consider myself fortunate. I don't need hearing a hearing aid yet, even for my compromised ear. I have a small pipe organ at home as a practice instrument, but it doesn't overwhelm my living room--I'm safe there! My Sunday job is on a modestly-sized pipe organ, so little danger there, either. But another instrument I have access to has just the kinds of stops you describe--I use musicians' earplugs then. I never did subject my ears to rock concerts years ago, and I'm thankful now!
Post a Followup:
Post a Message!
This post is made possible by the generous support of people like you and our sponsors: