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Jun 1, 2017

conversation enhancement outdoors

I have had my hearphones since May 22. I am considering returning them.  I have enjoyed the hearphones listening to conversation from the back seat of a car and in a moderately noisy restaurant, even though I got the seat with my back to the wall (not the ideal test). I am retired, and I for the most part, I have traded indoor meetings for outdoor conversations. I lose my companions voices in the wind. When I try to use my hearphones in this kind of situation, I amplfy the wind noise more than the human voice--almost painfully so. Is there any way to do the reverse: minimize wind noise and amplify voices? I have very mild hearing loss, and I was hoping to put off hearing aids, but right now it seems that I may need the more sophisticated sound processing they possess if I am to have any help with this problem.

Looking for advice.....

 

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Jun 15, 2017

Re: conversation enhancement outdoors

I don't think they will be useful outdoors.  Yesterday I was walking in a parking lot with them on and I realized that they turn every breeze into a whoosh.  I think they are intended to be used where the air is still, not moving.

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Jun 14, 2017

Re: conversation enhancement outdoors

Wind noise is a huge problem. Any remedy?
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Jun 7, 2017

Re: conversation enhancement outdoors

I do a lot of recording and video making.  Wind suppression is always a problem.  There are two approaches to diffusing the wind sounds; covering the microphone head with a low density "foam", and, putting a furry covering over them (2 - 3 inch long hairs.  Just think of the aesthetic of having these types of things appearing to come out of your ears...............

 

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Re: conversation enhancement outdoors

I've worn hearing aids for many years. They are better now than they used to be with reducing wind noise, but they are far from perfect. I would not abandon Hearphones for aids without careful comparison. The hearing aid manufacturers have been building tinier and tinier devices, which means less room for sophisticated circuitry. I wouldn't assume that aids are more sophisticated in anything but minaturization.

 

I can't do this very well myself because I am deaf in one ear, but wind noise is often from only one side. You may be able to decrease it by dialing down the windy side.