Hi everyone, first post on the new forum. Good to be here.
In the past 18 months, I have developed tinnitus…really bad ringing in the ears. A year ago, I got a hearing test and it showed some loss of hearing. I had a new test this week and it showed I’m hearing only 84% in right ear and 72% in left ear. They said I’m having the biggest trouble with higher frequency sounds.
Two months ago, I purchased a new 2-seater sports car. This replaced my 4-door sedan. I did not have a problem hearing music and enjoying the high quality in the sedan. That car had 13 speakers and the music was all around. In the new car, I thought the stereo was defective, because on the iPod and some SAT radio, the music often sounded distorted, “fuzzy”, and scratchy-sounding…like static. This happens mostly with midrange stuff, guitar sounds, and when there’s “a lot going on” in the song. Quiet songs with just piano or synth or something…that sounds pretty ok. Bass stuff is ok.
I have taken the car back to the dealership FIVE times because I thought the stereo was defective. They said the speakers tested out just fine. Then, I went to a high-end car stereo place, in an effort to maybe upgrade the car stereo I have now. They put me through a listening test of their best equipment and I was shocked to find out…I STILL heard some distortion, even though it’s supposed to be crystal clear.
Has anyone else experienced this? I am just surprised that this was not an issue in my 4-door sedan. Is that maybe because the sound was spread out more evenly? In the new sports car, all the 9 speakers are up front…nothing in the back.
Will putting in a hearing aid help? I just want to enjoy my music again!