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Old 08-22-2010, 05:45 PM
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Default Ultrasone Wants to Save Your Ears

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.ultrasone.com/index_en.php?level=2&CatID=4.22&inhalt_id=22' target='_blank'>http://www.ultrasone.com/index_en.p...22&inhalt_id=22</a><br /><br /></div><p>Ever since the advent of the Walkman, researchers have been warning us that we're all about to go deaf. I don't know if those fears have been realized yet since I still don't hear about scores of the Walkman generation showing up for hearing aids. Maybe people have been heeding the warnings!</p><p>Whatever the case, the warnings have hardly abated over the years and there's been <a href="http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/304/7/772" target="_blank">new warnings and research that has come out recently</a> that shows that hearing loss in teens is on the rise. This really isn't surprising to me since as we've transitioned to digital music its become trivial to have your entire library of music in your pocket.</p><p>The challenge is finding a way to play your music at lower levels and still enjoy it the same. There does come a point where you start to lose things in the music if you can't put the volume high enough. Of course, if you make yourself deaf trying to find all the subtle nuances of your heavy metal, it may end up as a moot point eventually.</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1282495298.usr307.jpg" style="border: 0;" /></p><p><a href="http://www.ultrasone.com/index_en.php?level=2&amp;CatID=4.22&amp;inhalt_id=22" target="_blank">Ultrasone says that they have the answer</a> with their S-Logic technology. They claim that it can decrease pressure on your inner ear by up to 40% which is definitely a pretty positive thing. Not only that, but Ultrasone says that because it delivers the sound more naturally, that your listening experience will actually be improved.</p><p>Safety and quality come at a price, however. Ultrasone only appears to provide over the ear headphones and all start at over $100 and go up into the thousands. If you're an extreme audiophile who demands the best listening experience and and want to ensure your hearing safety, this could be the answer for you. Its a pretty expensive solution for what is, admittedly, a pretty significant issue.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
 
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:29 PM
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Of course new generations are getting deaf; at least their hearing ability is lower.
Whenever I go to a Movie theater with my daughter, who is eight years old, therefore watching movies geared to her age segment I have to take with me ear plugs: the volume is so high that is not just annoying, it is painful. Considering that I am fifitythree yearl old and my hearing ability is/should be declining I have no doubts that reports forecasting serious issues with new generation hearing are true.
 
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:29 PM
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Well, considering they can measure it, definitely!
 
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:47 PM
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Sounds (no pun intended) like a solution to a problem that, really, has already been solved. Existing noise-cancelling earbuds, like those sold by Shure, significantly cut down on outside noise levels enough to allow users to lower the volume on their music, and still hear all those nuances.

As to whether heavy metal actually has "nuances"...
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