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18,000 Hz Baby, Oh Yeah

When I was in high school and into the first couple years of college I spent a lot of time as a theatre technician. I worked on set builds, set moves, light boards, cat walks, and any of the thousands of tiny jobs associated with putting on a stage production, but my most favorite was working sound tech. It gave me an appreciation for music and sound engineering that I had never experienced before.

As the years have gone by I’ve often wondered just how well my hearing has fared in comparison to those days when I could pick out a feedback loop before anyone else could hear it. Unfortunately I don’t have any previous test to compare against, but this site helped me get an idea of where I am now.

The basic idea is that humans are born with the ability to hear between 20 Hz (low end) and 20,000 Hz (high end). Over the years your ability to hear the top range will naturally lessen, and the site will help you figure out where you hearing is now. Just listen to a few mp3 clips and if you hear the high pitch tone it’s within your range. Keep in mind that once you no longer hear the high tone you are outside of your range. You’ll still be able to hear a noise in the mp3 just not the high tone itself.

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  1. June 13th, 2006 at 00:17 | #1

    Neat. I’m somewhere between 18K and 19K.

  2. June 19th, 2006 at 17:12 | #2

    I am between 19-20k .. fear it.

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