Hearing birds

To: Lloyd Nielsen <>
Subject: Hearing birds
From: David Stowe <>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2010 13:40:46 +1100
Hi Lloyd,
Yes my directional hearing is much improved! I couldn't even hear most of the 
birds before, let alone discern the direction! :)
I was always amazed when birding with people like Keith Brandwood who would 
have picked up and identified 10+ species by call alone before i had even seen 
or heard anything! Now i have to learn all the calls from scratch pretty much 
though so I'm still pretty hopeless at birding by ear.....but slowly getting 
better. I know you won't have that same problem though!

On 06/12/2010, at 9:47 AM, Lloyd Nielsen wrote:

Dick, Bob and Dave

I am in the same boat! One ear is worse than the other and consequently I have 
lost directional hearing – rather embarrassing when you have to ask people with 
you where the call is coming from! Do these aids help that problem at all? 
Would appreciate your opinions.

There is an American device built for people with high end hearing loss - some 
details below - does anybody know anything about it or had any experience with 

Lloyd Nielsen
Mt Molloy, Nth Qld
The SongFinder is an advanced digital device aimed at bird enthusiasts who 
suffer from high frequency hearing loss and who are unable to hear high-pitched 
bird songs in their natural surroundings. Unlike conventional amplifying-type 
hearing aids, the Songfinder works by lowering the frequency of high-pitched 
songs into a range where the user has normal or near-normal hearing. This 
method avoids the many pitfalls of extreme amplification. Furthermore, the 
SongFinder is a two-channel "binaural" device that allows the user to determine 
the directions and distances of singing birds. The SongFinder offers an elegant 
and tasteful solution for aging birders and other nature lovers who can no 
longer hear high singing birds.


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