Apr 20, 2011

Take The Test: Can You Hear Me Now?

How about now? No? What's wrong with you?

created at: 04/20/2011

Is it possible that I only speak on a frequency you can't hear? No. But it's likely that when you take this fun hearing test, there will be frequencies inaudible to you. And if you're over 25, it's cause you're old. Or cause you listen to a lot of music. 

"Here is a list of tones that go from 8Hz all the way up to 22,000Hz. It’s fairly common for people who are over 25 years of age to not be able to hear above 15kHz, so this will help you find out where your high frequency hearing cuts off.

Musicians have a much higher risk of hearing loss that most people do, and many of us don’t really wear proper hearing protection. Even just listening to an ipod for an extended period of time can permanently damage your hearing. We also gradually lose our high-frequency hearing as we age."

It's best to do it with someone else in the room, so you'll have proof that there are sounds being made that only one of you can hear.

Noise Addicts: Can You Hear This

Do me a favor, in the comments section put the highest kHz you could hear, and your age. No cheating!


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Anonymous on Jul 01, 2011:

21 anything after 14khz makes my tinnitus go off its head and i cant actually hear any tone 

seahorse on Apr 27, 2011:

I'm 29 and can barely hear 14 kHz... and my tinnitus is in full flow...

bruns on Apr 25, 2011:

i'm 27 and could hear up to 17kHz, but only when my speakers were cranked up. 16kHz was easy to hear at any volume. the weirdest part was feeling the tones, but not being able to hear them!

wmcelha on Apr 24, 2011:

I'm 22, and the highest pitch I could hear was 12kHz. I'm not really surprised, though, I played cymbals in marhcing band, never wore earplugs, but have hearing aids now.

Kym on Apr 23, 2011:

I'm 42, and could hear clearly up to 15k. I could hear some on/off clicks at 16k and 17k, but no actual pitch.

Two of my children were in the room as well when I took the test (they are 3 and 6 years) and they could hear all the sounds - but from 17/18kHz only if I turned the speaker up to it's max. So it may also depend on your speaker on your computer how well you can hear them. When you have this test done properly you are usually listening through headphones.

Greg on Apr 22, 2011:

20Hz distinctly, even had a friend turn it off and on while I was away @ 28yrs. After that nothing. I've been in bands for 15 years. Now I know the most reiliant parts of my body.

Kate on Apr 21, 2011:

I'm 33.5 and the last one I could hear was 15Hz.

RM on Apr 21, 2011:

I'm 32 (and a lady) and I can only hear up to 16, which is shocking me, because I can always hear a tone when there is a tv on in a room with no sound - or one that's not connected to a feed - and people tend to be shocked when I do that... 16 sounds just like a tv left on to me.

bruno on Apr 20, 2011:

29 (today!) and I could hear up to 18. After that, I just caught the clicking on and off, but no real tone.

Trent on Apr 20, 2011:

34.33ish years old
I can hear the 18khz as a distinct tone.
19kHz and up register, not as actual tones but as an odd increase in the intensity of the ringing in my ears 

Katie on Apr 20, 2011:

I take that back. If I crank the sound up I can hear up to 20KHz

Katie on Apr 20, 2011:

I'm 28 and can hear 18KHz barely, but not 19KHz

johnk on Apr 20, 2011:

I'm 31 (ugh) and I could only hear up to 16 kHz. My wife, one year younger, could only hear up to 14 kHz.

Chris on Apr 20, 2011:

I'm 28, and could hear to 16k. I could hear some on/off clicks at 17k and 18k if I tried, but no actual pitch. Though I'm pretty careful with headphone volume, my ears are likely wrecked from playing in and attending lots of live shows for the last 15 years.