I'm not seeking any sympathy but just curious to know how others are dealing with hearing loss. When I was in college I damaged my hearing significantly with some ill-advised shooting without ear plugs. My ears have been ringing loudly ever since (I just turned 51) and right after the accident I had my hearing tested and was told that in one ear the upper half of the frequency range was at about 50% in one ear and not quite as bad in the other ear. But over time it felt like my brain compensated for the physical damage, and although the ringing never stopped, I was still able to enjoy music a lot; even enough to consider myself a bit of an audiophile. I spent a lot of time at a high end shop in Seattle, and eventually purchased Magnepan speakers and Hafler electronics and thoroughly enjoyed them.
Twenty five years later I still absolutely love my system which has remained largely unchanged and my collection of music (acoustic jazz) has only grown over the years. But I can tell that my hearing is getting worse with age, especially in the upper frequency range. I still love jazz and enjoy listening to it, but I have to admit that the sound I hear from my system doesn't have the sparkle it used to. Some years ago I even used the Magnepan supplied tweeter circuit resistor to tame the highs a little in a bright listening space. My current listening space isn't particlarly muted at all (hardwood floor, sheet rock walls etc.) and yet I struggle to hear the highs. (no, the tweeter fuses are not blown..) If I cup my hands around my ears I begin to hear more of the high range that I recall from the past, but of course the sound stage gets jumbled and besides, who wants to sit there for an hour with hands cupped around ears!
I must not be the only one with this problem. How do others deal with the reality of hearing loss when you love listening to high fidelity music so much?