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Old 2nd Sep 2019, 12:50
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Headset compatibility, isn't just with the aircraft but with the other headset too. I bought a Sennheiser headset for this reason, and find that others using the Bose headset with add on mic, gives me no side-tone when they transmit. Therefore I only hear ATC reply after the call.

This is why many airlines are restrictive on different headset mixes. Just sad that Sennheiser have dropped out of the game.
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 09:05
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What did you say??

Originally Posted by Global Aviator View Post
Did someone say the flight deck is loud and you have to shout to be heard???

Even at 330kts in a high speed climb or descent it’s not that loud!!!

Protecting ones hearing is certainly numero uno but let’s not be over exaggerating.

When I played in the 320 had my own personal, for comfort and hygiene really.

ANR is certainly good but despite what I’ve seen written here some types of headsets certainly do cut out a little bit to much noise, again despite how they are meant to work. I do find it funny though guys throwing on GA size headsets...
Some things to ponder:
The A320 flight deck, whilst on the ground with A/C packs on, and speakers low, has an ambient noise level of +82db (and higher when there is audio output from the speakers).
Most responsible government medical departments' input to work, health and safety work environs ambient noise level should be less than 80db continuously, and less than 82db for no more than 2 hours.
Whilst in flight, in level cruise at FL350, the cockpit ambient noise (again with speakers on) approaches 86db BEFORE the bells and whistles, and audio from the speakers.
Airbus regularly promulgate SILs (Service Information Letters) pertaining to ATA chapter equipment. SIL 023-005 refers to approved headsets for the Airbus family. The current SIL has been superseded by ISI 23.51.0003 - refers to approved headsets.
To protect what hearing remains, I use Sennheiser ANRs and leave them on for the duration of flight (flight deck preparation through the parking checklist).
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I've often wondered, given the size of the market, why Bose just don't pursue an STC for their headsets. I came to suspect they did but found that they couldn't pass the test criteria for some reason - eg are there any aurals that don't go through the headset?
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Originally Posted by nnc0 View Post
I've often wondered, given the size of the market, why Bose just don't pursue an STC for their headsets. I came to suspect they did but found that they couldn't pass the test criteria for some reason - eg are there any aurals that don't go through the headset?
Ahem, they have an aviation headset:

https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/...adset/buy.html


Sells pretty well for $1K, not really sure what their motivation would be to get a $300 headset approved...
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Old 17th Jun 2022, 17:54
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Has anyone got the experience to do a comparison between the DC ProX2 / ProFlight2 / Telex Airman 8+? I'd appreciate it!!
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Old 21st Jun 2022, 17:10
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Originally Posted by dcoded View Post
Yes, I intend to keep the headset on throughout the flight, for the sake of my hearing.
On a side note, in Lufthansa the majority of pilots on the 320 keep them on. But I know in majority of the carriers in Europe, people tend to take them off. It seems almost like an Airbus pilot's mantra "Fl 100, headsets off" I just can't understand it.
You need to shout to hear each other or lean over the pedestal to hear what the other is saying.
Sounds like your hearing is gone already.
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Old 11th Jul 2022, 20:39
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Originally Posted by dcoded View Post
Yes, I intend to keep the headset on throughout the flight, for the sake of my hearing.
On a side note, in Lufthansa the majority of pilots on the 320 keep them on. But I know in majority of the carriers in Europe, people tend to take them off. It seems almost like an Airbus pilot's mantra "Fl 100, headsets off" I just can't understand it.
You need to shout to hear each other or lean over the pedestal to hear what the other is saying.

It's a personal choice, but for me I can't stand the noise and the speaker on the 320 is horrible. I want to have crisp hearing over the age of 50.

Sorry for the rant. But it feels like I am an outsider wanting to keep the headsets on.
Agree 100%, but what to do when the other pilot doesn't own a noise canceling headset? But for sure it makes a difference, I feel less tired after a flight with headsets on than without.
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Old 12th Jul 2022, 05:51
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Agree 100%, but what to do when the other pilot doesn't own a noise canceling headset? But for sure it makes a difference, I feel less tired after a flight with headsets on than without.
With a headset with good ANR, you can let the other guy go deaf while you keep yours on. You'll still be able to hear him/her speak.
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Old 13th Jul 2022, 01:57
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It’s loud at low level but above FL250 it’s not that bad. Not sure how accurate is the Apple watch but I never get a noise level over 80 db on the A320 at high altitude. It’s around 76 db.
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Old 13th Jul 2022, 06:12
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Originally Posted by pineteam View Post
It’s loud at low level but above FL250 it’s not that bad. Not sure how accurate is the Apple watch but I never get a noise level over 80 db on the A320 at high altitude. It’s around 76 db.
NIOSH produces a sound level meter that's tailored to the iphone if you're interested.

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/app.html

I know more about airplanes than ear diseases, but even if the cockpit is at 76db, being in that environment for thousands of hours doesn't seem like a smart move.
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Old 13th Jul 2022, 06:46
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Thanks. According to the APP anything below 80db should not be a problem. But I hear you.. Still can for now lol.. I just can’t stand these headsets for the whole flight..
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Old 6th Aug 2022, 22:25
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Does anyone have any info on the plantronics in ear headset?
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Old 15th Aug 2022, 11:43
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Why did Senheisser stop making aviation headsets?
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Old 15th Aug 2022, 14:55
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Originally Posted by MD83FO View Post
Why did Senheisser stop making aviation headsets?
“Our decision to leave the pilots’ headset sector was not taken lightly, especially as we have played a key role in the development of audio transmission in the cockpit, for example by introducing the world’s first headset with active noise compensation to receive FAA-TSO certification,” said Peter Claussen, Sennheiser’s chief operating officer, in a news release. “We will redirect our aviation-specific resources to focus on our key business of headphone and microphone technology.”
From a press release in 2015
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Old 29th Aug 2022, 02:16
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I've said this before...For Airbus, there is currently no requirement to use a STCd or TSOd headset. The subject matter was pulled from all documents and the last circular for "approved" headsets is almost 20 years old. From an aircraft point of view, a headset is a consumer of audio signals arriving at the comms jacks in the same way a phone/laptop/tablet charger or vacuum cleaner is a consumer of electrical power from the power sockets. We don't see anyone getting over excited about TSOd electrical devices. A headset is not a permanent fixture and is not going to fry the circuitory.

Do what you need in order to protect your ears. If they want you to use a crappy Telex Airman, kick off and complain to your responsible person for occupational health. This alone will invite a debate and force your Chief Pilot to ask Airbus formally where the reply will be "we don't offer any opinion".
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Old 29th Aug 2022, 04:47
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My company makes a fuss over safety vests on the ramp, where I may get hurt without one, but they don't seem to care an ounce about ANR headsets in the cockpit, where I will get hurt without one.
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Old 29th Aug 2022, 07:11
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I am lucky in that most of the airlines I've been at (a lot) have been OK with one using their own headset. The few airlines that banned it had management pilots who were old and deaf anyway.
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Old 30th Aug 2022, 04:19
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Originally Posted by Check Airman View Post
My company makes a fuss over safety vests on the ramp, where I may get hurt without one, but they don't seem to care an ounce about ANR headsets in the cockpit, where I will get hurt without one.
Because one is an insurance matter, the other one is on you!
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