Okay guys, this has been on my mind for very long time and I can’t seem to find an explanation for this. I know that cupping your hand around your ear can help to amplify sounds and boost frequencies between 1 kHz and 4 kHz but I am not talking about that. If I touch my tragus with my one finger for example, everything suddenly sounds so much brighter.
Let’s say I am hearing crickets and the sound is very far and faint. If I touch my tragus, the sound will be near and very clear. If I am cooking or hearing a machine sound, or white noise etc… just by touching my tragus everything will sound so rich and shiny. When I listen to music and I touch my tragus I hear the Hi-Hats and cymbals much better, even the snares will sound richer. It is like I hear more the clarity and the sizzle of the music, there’s a lot of details in music that I couldn’t hear without touching my tragus!
It is like I have low-pass filter in my ears that I can only cancel with touching my tragus. Cupping my ears with my hands will not let me hear the high frequencies I hear with touching my tragus.
I do have mild hearing loss between 6khz and 8khz and moderate hearing loss above 8khz and tinnitus. If I touch my tragus I would hear just like if I don’t have any hearing loss in high frequencies at all. I tried playing a sine-wave at 6khz on at 5% volume on my computer speakers, I could barely hear it (very very faint) I touched my tragus and the magic happens, the 6 kHz sounded so freaking loud suddenly, but when I “untouch” my tragus, I hear the 6 kHz very faint, so if I touch and release I will hear (Beep, Beep, Beep…)
I figure out that with touching my tragus I amplify these high frequencies, and I would hear them just like if I didn’t have any hearing loss at all in that range. I would be interested to know if somebody here is experiencing the same?
Is there anybody who has an explanation for this? Now I listen to all the music with fingers on tragus LOL!
Does anybody has an explanation for this ?