Has Anyone Tried Headphone Attenuators?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Foamearplugssuck, Sep 26, 2019.

    1. Foamearplugssuck
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      Foamearplugssuck Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/26/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Doing concert photography
      Hey all,

      Recently as I was surfing the net, I came across headphone attenuators, which I'd never heard of before. They basically reduce the output volume on headphones so they inflict less damage in your ears. I know headphones are risky business, especially with noise induced tinnitus, so I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with them. Thanks!
       
    2. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      You mean it's like a volume dial?
       
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    3. MattS
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      MattS Member

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      06/2019
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      Power Tools
      My thoughts exactly.
       
    4. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      It is good that you are aware of the risks headphones use has for people with "Noise induced" tinnitus. To keep yourself safe, don't use them at all even with attenuators.

      Michael
       
    5. Mister Muso
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      Mister Muso Member

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      Loud music
      I'm more interested in volume attenuators for computers. I posted a thread about it which didn't get much interest, but the volume to which my work laptop can go through my home speakers or any kind of headphones, like the headset I have to use for Skype calls, is ridiculous. Of course I keep my home speakers down low, but accidents can happen.
       
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      Foamearplugssuck
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      Foamearplugssuck Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/26/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Doing concert photography
      I wouldn't say exactly like a volume dial; it's more along the lines of a volume cap. This one here allows for 16 dB of attenuation on your headphones. I think it's more of a way to ensure audio quality and to make sure that you're listening at a safe level.

      Anyways, here's the specific product I was looking at in case anyone is curious:
      https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1351687-REG/ifi_audio_earbuddy_cable.html
       
    7. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      OK I see. It's just a device that decreases the signal level by 16 dB and is obviously connected in series.
      You can use that if your volume control doesn't give you enough granularity in the "low volume" area, for example if "one bar" is too low but "two bars" is too high. It will also help if the lowest setting (ie "one bar") is still too loud for you.
       
    8. MattS
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      MattS Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Power Tools
      I'm a bit skeptical of those East buds that come with it that offer 37 dB protection. I don't think even the best plugs or mugs can offer that... So that's a bit sketchy.
       
    9. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Have not tried this, and not eager to. Its small size makes me suspicious that it is not doing much of anything.
       
    10. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      It doesn't have to be big at all for what it does.
       

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