Hi to all sound designers, first time I post on Social Sound Design but I've always found all of your comments here extremely valuable and I very much respect your judgment on all things audio.
I've been freelancing as a sound designer and audio editor for just over a year now, working on some shorts, promos, documentary and recently a feature film. I'm also working as a runner for an audio post-production facility. I have found myself in this position thanks to my passion and determination but now due to my damaged hearing I'm re-considering my career path.
Working with audio in post is really what I enjoy the most and I've always wanted to be a re-recording mixer. Since I can remember my hearing has not been great and testing it 6 months ago I realised to my shock that I cannot pick up anything above 11 Khz. My hearing has probably been like this since I was a small kid and I'm very much use to it, I find I've trained my ear over the years to discern very well under 11 Khz (probably due my lack of HF).
But now I realise that this is far from ideal to be working in post with audio, I would like your opinion on this, am I realistically wasting my time? Do you think the damage will stop me from progressing in the audio professional environment? I have not mentioned any of this to the people and engineers at work for the obvious reason. It's something that's really bugging me and as you can imagine it brings me down sometimes but hey I'd rather know from professionals like you what you think about it.
Thanks in advance!