Can you hear it?

March 23, 2009

Today Rob told me about a tone that is so high in frequency that only “kids” can hear it. Apparently this tone became popular with teenagers as a ringtone because it’s inaudible to adults and so they are able to send/receive text messages on their phone in class.

As soon as he told me I got really curious whether I could hear it or not. Anyway, if you look at the chart below you’ll see the age range of those that allegedly are able to hear certain frequency of sounds.

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So wanna know what frequency you can hear? Here’s a list of waves Rob made with some thingy ma-jig program. (Oh I sound so eloquently intelligent). Basically, the higher the frequency the less likely one can hear it.

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I can almost hear the 17khz wave if I listen carefully. The 18khz I totally can’t make out anything of it. I can easily hear the 16khz frequency and the 15khz wave made me twitch and gritted my teeth. When I heard the 14khz wave I literally threw the headset off. Anyway I’m super duper proud of myself that I can hear the 16khz wave which allegedly is audible to those in the age range of 18 – 24. Muahahahahaha I’m still young after all!

(Crap I think I just gave away my age ).

So tell me, are you young or old (based on the audibility of those waves)?

I hope you guys try it. I thought it was a lot of fun (albeit a *little* lame for some).

P/S: It doesn’t mean you can crank your volume to the max. Stick to the normal volume you use.

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