Test your hearing

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by simie, Aug 21, 2006.

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    That's a cool page. I got the same results you did, which is good because I thought I had lost some significant hearing in the last few years.
     
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    i could "sense" the 19.9 kHz one. i don't feel that i could really hear it though.
     
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    I am with zim. 19.9 all i could sense it, but could not hear the frequency at a loud level. I heard a click and then a slight ringing tone.
     
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    I can hear when 22kHz begins playing and that is it. It is very faint.
     
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    Most speakers are only rated to 20kHz. And that is because the top of the human hearing range is 20kHz. So at 20+kHz your desktop speakers may be producing some kind of sound, perhaps artifacts of the highest pitch they can physically produce.

    And those files are mp3s, which is sort of stupid for a hearing test. The ways mp3s work are that they eliminate the high and low frequencies humans cannot hear to give you a smaller audio file. But I guess they are better for cell phones...

    If you want a true hearing test, just use Audacity and generate a sine wav at the frequency of your choice, naming that you have good speakers or headphones to test.
     
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    Hmm. For me they start off getting higher, then get lower again. Only the last one doesn't make any sound.

    I have a feeling my iMac speakers aren't the best to do this with :(

    EDIT: Just did this using decent headphones and couldn't hear past 14.9. That's living in London and riding a motorbike for you I suppose.
     
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    I know I couldn't hear a cellphone with one of those ring tones...especially in noisy public places.
     
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    I suck. :(

    You are the typical teenager
    You can hear the frequency of the mosquito teen repellent - but probably not for much longer!

    The highest pitched ultrasonic mosquito ringtone that I can hear is 17.7kHz
     
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    I could hear clearly up to 18.8kHz, but I could somehow "feel" the 19.9 and 21.2 kHz tones. 22.4kHz had nothing coming out of it, as far as I could discern. I was listening with a set of iPod earbuds though...anyone know their range? I suppose it's possible that the earbuds themselves didn't even produce the 22.4kHz tone.

    I just turned 20 a few months ago, so it appears my ears are holding up :)
     
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    i havent tested it yet but i'm guessing it really cant be THAT accurate depending on the speakers.

    i made one of these things 8 or 9 years ago on QBasic - the program made the computer beeper make a higher and higher pitch sound until you couldnt hear the sound anymore at which point you press the spacebar and it tells you how kHz you can hear to...i think it was more fun saying I made it then actually using it lol
     
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    I work in radio and we did this a few weeks ago in one of the production studios - I could only hear up to 18khxz - and even that was really only "sensing" it.

    Scottlinux is right, though - using .mp3 files to reproduce these sounds really won't create an accurate depiction of the tone. On top of that, most speakers cannot accurately reproduce tones this high - so unless you have good studio monitors, anything above 18 or 19khxz (if that, even) probably isn't going to be accurate.
     
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    look for a program called Audio Test. I think I got it off the Apple downloads page. It produces a note of any frequency you choose.

    I think i can hear 18khz, but i can feel my ears going at 19 and 20. Im 16 and i play bass next to a very violent drummer and a guitarist who doesn't care if he's deaf at 18 yrs.
     
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    please learn from my mistakes and get yourself some earlplugs. for about $20USD you can get a pair of non-fitted musicians earplugs. i played in bands for years, sans earplugs, and though i can still hear pretty well compared to most, i've got tinnitus in both ears (and that messes up the high freqs i'm trying to hear).

    no **** -- when i was in HS (so many years ago), a local dept store had one of those 35-40kHz motion detector alarms. i could sense it when i got near the store entrance and, if i stayed there for 5 minutes, it made me nauseated.

    that means i've lost some 20kHz of sensitivity. bummer.
     
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    yeah i have some, but the problem is i got them after i played my first gig. i now wear them religeously!
     
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    Man, I can only hear 16.7kHz. And I'm only 24, I guess its been too many concerts for me. (even though I use earplugs whenever I go)
     
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    I could sense 21.1 kHz, I'm 23 and have been taking good care of my ears. :)
     
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    i just loaded it into pro tools and confirmed that it's a completely flat line. not that my speakers could reproduce that tone, anyway...
     
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    I'm impressed that I could hear 18.8khz. I'm surprised my tinnitus (which sounds like a constant 1k tone in my head) didn't drown it out way before then. I couldn't "hear" 19.9khz, but if felt like someone was jabbing a pencil in my ear. I didn't try any higher 'cause the pain of 19.9 was enough.

    Oh, and I second wearing earplugs. I'm pretty sure most of my hearing damage is from mowing the lawn growing up (never used ear plugs) as I've only been to 2 or 3 concerts w/o ear plugs.


    Lethal
     
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    I can only hear up to 14.1 kHz! This seems scary compared to everyone else's results.

    I'm 19, by the way.
     
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    stop wearing earbuds, or sleeping on runways, whichever you're doing :)

    the test isn't horribly scientific, since it doesn't control what kinds of playback systems people are using. e.g. anyone listening with laptop speakers is likely going to be at a disadvantage wrt the higher frequencies.

    i'm serious about not using earbuds, though. our ears can handle loud transients well enough, but the way music is compressed these days, continued listening at such close proximity with such constant broadband pressure is really really bad for our ears.
     
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    well, i've been using stock earbuds for about five years, so those are probably the culprit. i did purchase sony mdr-v300 headphones last week, so that should lessen any future damage. still, you're right, i should consider sleeping on runways less frequently.
     

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