Can’t You Just Turn Up the Volume?

Not the solution. But still awesome.
Waveform of a high hat (drumset)

So what, then, is hearing loss?

Well, if you get hearing damage at a specific frequency, you’ll start to lose sensitivity to the quiet sounds at this frequency. However, your sensitivity to loud sounds remains the same. This is the subtlety that is often misunderstood.

The detail that’s most important to understand is that the loud parts of the sound haven’t gotten louder, but all the quiet parts have, which is exactly what a person with hearing loss needs.

But enough talking—let’s hear what multi-band compression can do to a sound. Check out the clips below. The first track is an uncompressed segment of a song; the second is that same segment compressed. Give it a listen:

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