Is my hearing getting better as I get older

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Not too long ago I used to blast the stereo, and one night I broke two Magico S5 speakers while playing the stereo in excess of 110 dB. I was trying to find out when the speakers would start distorting. Now when I play the stereo loud it is only in the 80-90 dB range, sounds great, and is more than loud enough. I thought as one gets older their hearing deteriorates, but enjoying music at a lower volume seems to be a hearing improvement. Not complaining. Just curious. At least the lower volume saves money on speaker repair. :)
 
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Not too long ago I used to blast the stereo, and one night I broke two Magico S5 speakers while playing the stereo in excess of 110 dB. I was trying to find out when the speakers would start distorting. Now when I play the stereo loud it is only in the 80-90 dB range, sounds great, and is more than loud enough. I thought as one gets older their hearing deteriorates, but enjoying music at a lower volume seems to be a hearing improvement. Not complaining. Just curious. At least the lower volume saves money on speaker repair. :)
hearing certainly does deteriorate with age and loud listening will add to it.soft listening will definitely improve your hearing And you can listen longer Without fatigue.
 

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Your physical hearing may deteriorate, but your brain's interpretive abilities most certainly improve. A lot of perception is brain processing, and most audiophiles cultivate their audio palettes more than other listeners, so can discriminate more of what they hear accordingly.

You have trained yourself to listen and there are benefits to that even as you age.
 
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