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Listener fatigue?
Old 1 week ago
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Listener fatigue?

Hey guys, sorry if this isn't the best place to ask this but I didn't think of this being so much gear related so...

I got into production about a year ago not knowing anything about sound.

Now for the last 4-5 weeks I have been experiencing a very annoying feeling in my ears every time I listen to/try to make music, watch tv or something that involves sound coming out of speakers, even at the lowest volumes.

I can desribe it best as a sensation of tiredness in my ears (more right than left), pressure on both sides and more sensitivity. I really cant listen for more than a few seconds before I want to get out of the room as soon as possible, and the discomfort remains for a few minutes. I also hear an occasional high pitched sound on one or both ears (like the one tinnitus people describe). It feels better now, but the first weeks I also felt a lot of air pressure changes in my ears. Doctor checked my ear and said there was no wax so it must be sinus or something snot-related, but then again all those other sensations in my ears make me suspicious.

I'm into psytrance and that's what I aim to make but discomfort doesn't only come when listening to EDM, but also with classical, rock or whatever.

Important: I took waaaaay too long to start actually informing my self about what I was trying to do (music production) and before I did I bought a very cheap m-audio av42 speakers which are known as multimedia speakers, not production and my cousin gave me his Shure SRH 750DJ headphones which I have been using until now because I can't afford to upgrade yet. Until a couple of days ago I hadn't realized that there's more volume in the left channel of both my speakers and headphones (probably a soundcard issue, i'm not sure).

Also the room I was attempting to mix in is a small concrete cube with no furniture. You can imagine the reflections. I think maybe I've been using too much volume for a long time trying to hear things that got masked by bouncing frequencies. The volumes with the headphones have been very loud as well, I realize. Another thing, I know I have anxiety issues and the last year has also been one hell of a ride on the stressmobile.

I try to give my ears as much rest as I can (though there have been days where exposure to loud music for a couple of hourscouldn't be avoided and I just sat there covering my ears). Some days I try to test my ears a little bit by listening to a song or trying to watch tv with low volume, and though some days it feels better some other days it feels much worse.

I am starting to get really worried about this and am considering to go see a doctor again and get a hearing test or something. I wonder if this is only a fatigue I need mayor rest from, actual tinnitus or something more delicate like I raped my ears and wont be able to listen to/make music anymore for longer than three minutes every week (jk but I'm a little scared)... Everyone seems to experince ear fatigue differently according to what I've found on the web, some just can't mix properly and others like me feel disconfort BUT for a few hours or days not freaking five weeks :/ ----> (maybe it's been this long because of these occacional exposures to loud music, not allowing my ears to heal or something but I really have no idea).

If anyone has similar experiences/symptoms, solutions or calming words I would appreciate them greatly.

ciervoVul
Old 1 week ago
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Also the room I was attempting to mix in is a small concrete cube with no furniture. You can imagine the reflections. I think maybe I've been using too much volume for a lomuch rest as I can
That's your problem right there. A cube essentially rings like a bell- input some energy and it will resonate at the frequencies that correspond with the wavelengths (length of sound wave in air) of it's dimensions. Those resonances can easily be 12+ dB louder than the rest of the music, considering the nulls from comb filtering it can actually be more than that in use.

I would say at the least you should take a break from using that space. The good news is most of us who have been doing the music/studio/audio thing for a while have had our moments of overdoing the SPLs and while a doc is a good idea, you're probably ok if you start protecting yourself now.
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Thanks for replying

The first thing I did was move the computer to a smaller (4x2x2.60 meters approx) rectangular room that at least has some furniture so it's not only the bare walls like in the cube. I've been making these "tests" with songs to see if my ears get better but they still cant take it for long. I think I'll just wait a little longer to see if things get better. What confuses me is why did it start happening now? I've been in there for a year and until now I felt the discomfort. Perhaps it's because i started to try to mix more seriously and with more attention than in the beginning...
Old 1 week ago
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What confuses me is why did it start happening now?
how loud are you actually mixing? You can get an inexpensive SPL meter app for your phone and see if you are really getting into dangerous levels or if possibly the onset of your symptoms lining up with your recording setup is a coincidence.

If I were you I would go see another doctor. Perhaps an ENT specialist and get more thoroughly checked out. Your symptoms sound like they could be caused by a lingering infection.

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I also hear an occasional high pitched sound on one or both ears (like the one tinnitus people describe).
for most, tinnitus is not 'occasional' but chronic

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there's more volume in the left channel of both my speakers and headphones
are you sure about that? Reverse your headphones and be certain its not your ears.
Old 1 week ago
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For me, listening through headphones for long periods of time can induce that type of fatigue. When it hits, I take a break and continue with just monitors.

If the music is too loud, it's the body's way of telling you to stop.
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