How High Can You Hear? And How Old Are You?
Nov 19, 2008 at 3:54 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 61

nuphones

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My hearing is only good up to about 15 khz or so, and I can only hear that tone somewhat faintly. I would have to turn up the volume past halfway:

http://ia301125.us.archive.org/0/ite...z_audacity.wav

Here's another test:

Mosquito Tone Test, or How To Tell You're A Young'un // Plasticmind Journal

Does it ever concern you that you are "missing" some information, however small? How good is your hearing and does it concern you if you can't hear every last bit of info up to 20 khz?

PS: please do not crank up the volume on the test tones at all, start with a low volume.

Edit, please state your age in your post as well!
 
Nov 19, 2008 at 3:59 AM Post #2 of 61

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You should make this a poll. And change your name to Adam... something. Preferably a state.

See you on The 20KHZ Side of the Moon
 
Nov 19, 2008 at 4:05 AM Post #5 of 61

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Please keep the volume down when trying the test tones!
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Nov 19, 2008 at 4:20 AM Post #7 of 61

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Quote:

Originally Posted by nuphones /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Please keep the volume down when trying the test tones!
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I was listening to some tunes and 18khz at that same volume (about 35%) hurts! It makes me cringe..

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Nov 19, 2008 at 5:43 AM Post #8 of 61

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woohoo I could hear 18kHz with ease, I am also 23! Last time I took a hearing test I could hear 20kHz. I also can hear lights and tv's when they are on w/o sound which is weird.
 
Nov 19, 2008 at 6:02 AM Post #10 of 61

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had to turn it up to hear 18khz... and i'm 21 ):

edit: is that average or below average?
 
Nov 19, 2008 at 6:20 AM Post #11 of 61

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Actually headphones does play a role in this. If the FR drops at the end of the spectrum, then you won't be able to hear it unless you crank the volume up. I'll vote when I find the right cans. A lot of the cans seem to suffer at the high frequencies.
 
Nov 19, 2008 at 7:16 AM Post #13 of 61

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I am 25 years old, and my hearing cuts off at around 18.5kHz at normal listening levels. As long as it stays above 16kHz or so, I will be happy. I take every possible precaution to protect my ears, so I think I will be OK.
 
Nov 19, 2008 at 10:14 AM Post #14 of 61

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The first link wouldn't work for me, and the online files on the mosquito site gave massive aliasing noise (lower-frequency buzzing). So I downloaded some test tone .wav files from Test Tones (20-20khz).

I played these files on an Acer 4220 laptop running Ubuntu 8.04.1. The sound output is heavily software-dependent - meaning that when played through Totem the tones are full of harmonic rubbish, but they're clean through Amarok and RealPlayer.

No surprise that the headphones make a big difference. Using my old Beyer DT311s I max out at 15kHz. With Grado SR80s I can easily hear 16kHz, but not 17kHz.

As I'm 47 and recovering from a bad cold I guess that's nothing to complain about
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Nov 19, 2008 at 10:22 AM Post #15 of 61

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I'm 18 and I can hear the 17kHz clearly but not the 18kHz. I'm sure my ears are better than most others my age, especially those who blast their ears with their ibuds on public transport, but they have suffered in noisy environments in the past.
 

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