- Oct 22, 2020
For me, the second. The first is certainly immediate, but it doesn't sound natural to my ears. Age wise I am about half way there, is this a large factor? I thought as people got older they lost the highs (about 8-10khz+), not that their tastes regarding midrange changes too.
You are correct regarding the age-related loss of high frequencies. However, in some people, loss of higher frequencies has an effect on the sensitivity to lower frequencies. The way it was explained to me is that the mind tries to maintain an auditory envelope that ensures safety. If the higher frequencies are lost, lower frequencies are substituted as reflex cues.
And talking about reflex cues: somewhere there is a publication that purports to show that the body reacts (or is at least primed to react) faster than the brain can process information. In other words, the brain does not control the body, but the body does control the brain. Lower frequencies supposedly acted as the triggers for this reflex, and not higher frequencies.
I considered this whole set of ideas somewhat radical, and although I didn't necessarily believe them, I didn't reject the possibility either. As I get older, I tend to give the idea at least somewhat more credence.