I have been doing my own mixing and mastering for years and have done several Cds worth of material that I'm told sounded great. Now I am not able to trust my hearing accuracy. I have severe hearing loss in certain frequencies and I'm sure the mix will suffer. I have been having a trusted friend give me criticism and adjusting the mix for a compromise between my ears and his. Once I think it's done I'll call in a 3rd party for final mix. Tinnitus is a curse.
Yeah, my tinnitus makes the TV flicker and utensils magnetic. We do the best we can and as long as it's our own product I see no harm. I can see it being a career ender for those who make a living at it. I have increasingly started using spectrum analysis as my white cane, so to speak. Nothing to rely on but a visual of out of control frequencies helps. I find myself overlooking the sss on vocals in the 5-7k range.
I have actually set my digital 15 band eq on my playback system to directly enhance the frequencies that my hearing test shows are deficient. Just minor tweaks but I think this helped. My tinnitus is pretty constant so the affected frequencies don't change. I have had this condition for most of my adult life but about 6 years ago I went to a concert where midway thru for some unknown reason the sound system went from being loud to ridiculously loud for about 2 seconds. This was a major change and physically hurt. My ears paid the price and I have to deal with this forever.
Have had Tinnitus since my mid 50's. At first I could get rid of it by closing my ears until it stopped. Now constant I guess. I say I guess because I have the ability to tune it out when I focus intently on watching, listening or reading. Once (like now) I lose external focus it is pretty loud especially when things are quiet. After reading other posts here I imagine I have lost some frequencies in hearing. I will keep this in mind during recording, Thanks
I had a real isolation booth hearing test and when I was done I was handed a printout that showed the affected frequencies. I can't stop it but there are times that I can ignore it. I'm told that hearing aids cant/don't eliminate the ringing either but if the hearing aids compensate the affected frequencies then your ear will mask the ringing. You need a second mortgage to afford that type of hearing aid. For now I'll just adjust and deal with it.
I have had Tinnitus for the last 8 to 10 years. I used to be able to close my ear/s with my fingers and it would go away. Now it is constant. I can usually tune it out unless there is silence then forget trying to tune it out.
Wow, forgetfulness too. I just realized upon reading these posts again that I have replied two separate times.
I have hearing issues, but I guess because I listen to a lot of recorded music hearing it with those same issues, well... my mixes, EQ'ing, it all come out in the wash as I'm still striving for the same level listening field in my head.
Make sense? Perhaps not, but it's worked, everyone whose heard my mixes likes the finished product. So....
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