Just How Deaf Are You?

The range of human hearing, when undamaged, is 20Hz to 20kHZ. Here’s a quick and easy test to see where you stack up (but don’t play it through speakers if you have a dog; he’ll start going nuts at around 14kHz).

Note: Youtube audio compression at 192kbps => cut-off frequency at 18kHz (see http://thesession.org/discussions/19642)

Still, it’s a good test for low frequencies to nearly the top limit of human hearing.


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2 Responses to Just How Deaf Are You?

  1. lectorconstans says:

    I think I’m good up to about 8kHz. I used to be able to hear – barely – the 15kHz TV sweep signal, but that’s long ago. An 88-key -piano (fundamentals) runs 27.5 Hz to 4186 kHz.

    But it’s the overtones that count. .

    • maxredlines says:

      I could hear the full range until the compression thing kicked in. Had to put the dog outside, though as he started going nuts at 14kHz.. Your basic piano figures seem about right – though the electronics move higher.

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