Open Back or Closed Back Headphones?

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    1. LoneWolf
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      LoneWolf Member

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      I recently got ath pro500mk2 Closed back headphones and they isolate sound pretty good. The problem is when things are quiet in my house. I can hear my tinnitus loudly and it gets annoying and I need to raise a bit of volume as I can't hear properly due to its sound. Before that I used open back headphones and since they did isolate outside sound very less or none compared to my current headphones I was never able to hear T whenever I used them.
      I was wondering if I continue to use my current headphones will it make my tinnitus and hearing loss worse as I need to raise just a Bit of volume due to its sound ?
       
    2. Quentino
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      Depends of the volume you put, if it's still reasonnable or not. The good thing is that it's quiet in your house, tipically the good way to use headphones.

      If your house is quiet i think you can use open back headphones if it permits to mask your T without putting the sound loud, like that you will not worry about your hearing.
       
    3. I who love music
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      I who love music Member

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      No headphones.
       
    4. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      I wouldn't use headphones. Can't you use speakers instead?
       
    5. Aighton
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      Aighton Member

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      Aren't soundwaves with closed headphones going all in the ear and theres no escape to soundwaves? :headphone:
       
    6. Quentino
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      In fact i only use headphones when i need it, i mean when i'm using skype to play online with friends, to avoid echo. Or in my house ( really quiet environment ) for playing games or watching videos.

      Of course i try to use it in a moderate way but at low volume it can't hurt you.
       
    7. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Well, I hope it doesn't worsen your tinnitus.
       
    8. Quentino
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      It doesn't' because i'm reasonnable with this.
       
    9. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Well, just make sure. It's better to be safe than sorry.
       
    10. Quentino
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      Decrease of Hearing i presume.
      Yeah sure!
      For example when playing online i put the sound of the game really low, so i can lonly listen to my friend with just a very little sound of the game. After that i reduce the sound , and i stop when i can listen the voices of my friends well, but not loud at all.

      And making pauses ( something i do naturaly) may be a good strategy too.
       
    11. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      So what consoles do you play?
       
    12. Quentino
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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Decrease of Hearing i presume.
      Computer mainly. By the way it's easier to control volume i think.
       
    13. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Shame, I would've added you on PS4 or Xbox One. Anyway, did you hear about the Arkham Knight PC version?
       
    14. Quentino
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      At low volumes i don't know if it's dangerous for your hearing... maybe you have to think about this when you have reactive T.

      Yeah, all the problems of optimization. I will wait to buy it ( and my heart is broken i love so much the arkahm games) , and i have to upgrade My poor computer. For the next Mass Effect.
       
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    15. Danny Boy
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      I'd say just buy a PS4, as well, it's cheaper than just a graphics card and well, it seems that since the consoles account for most of the game sales, developers focus on the consoles more so the PS4 as it's sold the most. But that's just me.
       
    16. Quentino
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      Maybe but we play a lot of pc games withmy friends! And i don't think we will change, pc have many advantages!
       
    17. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Well, why not have both? I mean, you'd miss out on some great exclusive games.
       
    18. Quentino
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      Decrease of Hearing i presume.
      Money money money! I'm still a student, not poor i agree, but even if i can spend some money i earn on my hobbies i have to make choices. Maybe one day, who knows.

      It make me think, to return to the subject of the thread for a moment, that great headphones with good sound quality is good to avoid putting the volume high, ...
      even if it can be expensive.
       
    19. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      I've got like 5 different pairs of headphones...The Quincy Jones AKG Q701's ones are the best I've ever used and they are open so may be better for you. Also, my surround sound system are the Focal Dome 5.1 amazing set! Sadly can't use them anymore, too loud.
       
    20. Sound Wave
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      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

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      Probably headphones
      I am a former Head-Fi audiophile and I got my T while listening to my new Sennheiser HD700 headphones. However, I don't blame headphones in general and sure you can use them - just keep the volume low. It's true that closed headphones amplify the T when it's quiet. I have had those ATH's as well - they are great, but they squeezed my head too tight. With headphones it's all about experimenting with different ones. :)
       
    21. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      You know AKG make some great headphones lol
       
    22. LoneWolf
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      LoneWolf Member

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      Do you guys hear T when wearing your headphones and volume is muted?
       
    23. Sound Wave
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      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

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      AKGs are great. I have had the Quincys in the past and I now have the closed K550s, which are superb. I, obviously, sold my HD700s that gave me T, but I now have the classic Sennheiser HD600 which has a remarkably soft and nice sound.

      ^ yes I do. The more silent it is, the better I hear my T. The worse are construction ear protectors. :)
       
    24. LoneWolf
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      LoneWolf Member

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      Ended up buying my old heaphones siberia v1. After using them for 2weeks I fell like I was wrong, these headphones are much worse they wont block outside noise so when there is noise in the house I need to raise the volume much more than volume used with pro500. Will sell these and buy pro500 or other open back with good sound isolation. ty
       

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