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Hearing Aids and detecting.



neilsam

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#1
Evening all,
After months of having my better half nagging me about my hearing I finally had a hearing test at the Freeman Hospital last Sunday. Fully expecting to get results back that were fine it turns out I have moderate hearing loss and need hearing aids in both ears. I'm now wondering how many targets I've missed and if the hearing aids will improve my detection rate, as I'm mostly missing high frequency sounds I'm going to flip the etrac tones over to low tones for good signals and high for iron, 3months to wait for the hearing aids so want to see if this improves my find rate. Out on Sunday so will see how it goes and will report back.
Cheers
Neil.
 

Randy Dee

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#4
Hello Neil
To help to put your mind at rest about wearing hearing aids and headphones whilst metal detecting.
MY hearing loss is severe to bordering total loss and I have worn hearing aids with my metal detecting headphones for the past 20 years but prior to this I had thought that I wasn't missing any detector signals that was until a farmer friend who I often took with me told me that he was getting loads of signals following in my footsteps so he started to ask me to check his signals with my Etrac he was was using the Minelab Explorer Mk 2, not only I couldn't hear them with my machine I couldn't hear them with his detector and like you say it was all of the high tones which I couldn't hear, I eventually got fitted up with hearing aids and never missed nowt since.
I even bought privately a pair of Phonak FM adapters ( Very Expensive ) to enable my hearing aids pickup the FM transmissions from my Metal Detector direct to my hearing aids.
The only thing you need to watch is when wearing headphones with your hearing aids is your lugs will start forming sweat moisture in the hearing aid tubes and could result in damage to the aids so occasionally pull your headphones off to allow air flow or blow through the tubes.
Good Luck & Good Hearing in the future.
 

Minelab Mal

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#5
Having 35% hearing loss myself and been wearing hearing aids for years so I understand where you're coming from.
With the Minelabs another reason not to use ferrous tones plus making sure your headphones have volume and most importantly the frequency range.
This is why I in conjunction with Minelab developed my own design over ten years ago.
Many on the the market use cheap poor quality mylar drivers plus their impedance/configuration are not match to Minelab specs.
As a result I don't need to wear my hearing aids detecting :)
Ask the guys on here that have them about the difference they make :)
 

neilsam

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#6
Hello Neil
To help to put your mind at rest about wearing hearing aids and headphones whilst metal detecting.
MY hearing loss is severe to bordering total loss and I have worn hearing aids with my metal detecting headphones for the past 20 years but prior to this I had thought that I wasn't missing any detector signals that was until a farmer friend who I often took with me told me that he was getting loads of signals following in my footsteps so he started to ask me to check his signals with my Etrac he was was using the Minelab Explorer Mk 2, not only I couldn't hear them with my machine I couldn't hear them with his detector and like you say it was all of the high tones which I couldn't hear, I eventually got fitted up with hearing aids and never missed nowt since.
I even bought privately a pair of Phonak FM adapters ( Very Expensive ) to enable my hearing aids pickup the FM transmissions from my Metal Detector direct to my hearing aids.
The only thing you need to watch is when wearing headphones with your hearing aids is your lugs will start forming sweat moisture in the hearing aid tubes and could result in damage to the aids so occasionally pull your headphones off to allow air flow or blow through the tubes.
Good Luck & Good Hearing in the future.
Hi Randy,
Thanks for the reply and info. Looks like when I get sorted I'll have to go back over the fields I've been on to see what I've missed.
Cheers
Neil.
 

neilsam

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#7
Having 35% hearing loss myself and been wearing hearing aids for years so I understand where you're coming from.
With the Minelabs another reason not to use ferrous tones plus making sure your headphones have volume and most importantly the frequency range.
This is why I in conjunction with Minelab developed my own design over ten years ago.
Many on the the market use cheap poor quality mylar drivers plus their impedance/configuration are not match to Minelab specs.
As a result I don't need to wear my hearing aids detecting :)
Ask the guys on here that have them about the difference they make :)
Thanks for the reply Mal. I have heard (pardon the pun) good things about the headphones :)
Cheers
Neil
 

maize runner

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#8
Wish you all the best with the hearing aids Neil sorry to hear the news looks like you might discover some new stuff soon as your back out over the hunting ground
Mike
 

neilsam

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#9
Wish you all the best with the hearing aids Neil sorry to hear the news looks like you might discover some new stuff soon as your back out over the hunting ground
Mike
Thanks Mike,
To be honest I'm quite excited about hitting the fields again now I know I may have been missing stuff. :)
Cheers
Neil.
 

Bob T

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#11
Good luck with the hearing aids Neil.
For the short time I owned a Nox I struggled with the volume, I’m probably a bit deaf but got around it by buying a small wireless transmitter/amplifier and receiver that boosted the signal and they integrated with the Nox wireless setup. Both the transmitter/amplifier and receiver were very thin and less than the size of a matchbox. I think it was @Wayne who told me about them.
 

neilsam

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#12
Good luck with the hearing aids Neil.
For the short time I owned a Nox I struggled with the volume, I’m probably a bit deaf but got around it by buying a small wireless transmitter/amplifier and receiver that boosted the signal and they integrated with the Nox wireless setup. Both the transmitter/amplifier and receiver were very thin and less than the size of a matchbox. I think it was @Wayne who told me about them.
Thanks Bob.
 

davidh

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#16
Could they see right through :screamcat: lol . I leave my hearing aids in even with headphones on . Odd times get a squeal just ease headphone . I think i am like you Neil stone deaf in both lugs . not nice.
 

neilsam

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#17
Could they see right through :screamcat: lol . I leave my hearing aids in even with headphones on . Odd times get a squeal just ease headphone . I think i am like you Neil stone deaf in both lugs . not nice.
Lol, that's what my wife said as well :)
Hopefully the hearing aids will help improve my find rate, I'm wondering how many good targets I've missed over the last few years!
Cheers
Neil.
 

neilsam

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#20
Just been to get my hearing aids fitted, never realised how much I wasn't hearing. It's a bit of a revelation! I can also link up via Bluetooth to my phone and other devices. Going to take a few weeks to get used to all the sounds and also the sound of my own voice is a bit different with the aids in.
 
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