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Which is the highest frequency that You can hear?
Which is the highest frequency that You can hear?
Which is the highest frequency that You can hear (at normal loudness level)?
8 kHz [ 1 ] ** [0.92%]
10 kHz [ 2 ] ** [1.83%]
12 kHz [ 9 ] ** [8.26%]
14 kHz [ 7 ] ** [6.42%]
15 kHz [ 16 ] ** [14.68%]
16 kHz [ 18 ] ** [16.51%]
17 kHz [ 27 ] ** [24.77%]
18 kHz [ 13 ] ** [11.93%]
19 kHz [ 5 ] ** [4.59%]
20 kHz and higher [ 11 ] ** [10.09%]
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IgorC
post Feb 24 2012, 01:33
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It will be interesing to see hearing abilities of Hydrogenaudio's members.

http://www.noiseaddicts.com/2009/03/can-yo...s-hearing-test/

Please perform the test on your normal loudness levels.

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IgorC
post Feb 24 2012, 04:35
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As headphones genereally are more revealing, I'd think people who use them will report higher frequencies.

29 y.o. here and 16 kHz (voted) on a normal volume. Increasing the volume helped to actually more feel than hear 17 kHz in my case.
Cranking the volume even more leads to some noises on 17 kHz and high frequencies files. What I hear isn't actually an indicated frequenices (17... 22 kHz) but some alien noises (besides of the obvious clicking at the begining and in the end of the files)

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Kujibo
post Feb 24 2012, 08:16
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QUOTE (IgorC @ Feb 23 2012, 19:35) *
As headphones genereally are more revealing, I'd think people who use them will report higher frequencies.

29 y.o. here and 16 kHz (voted) on a normal volume. Increasing the volume helped to actually more feel than hear 17 kHz in my case.
Cranking the volume even more leads to some noises on 17 kHz and high frequencies files. What I hear isn't actually an indicated frequenices (17... 22 kHz) but some alien noises (besides of the obvious clicking at the begining and in the end of the files)


I first did the test with decent 3 way speakers and scored 14 kHz. However the thought that perhaps my speakers might not be up to the higher frequencies I tried with a decent pair of closed back headphones to see if something different would result. With the headphones I score up to 18 kHz, though things still roll off pretty quick after 14 kHz. The closed back headphones make a huge difference in blocking out all the normal whine that goes on around me and helps a lot. So yes, I think there is going to be a large difference given the listening environment.

With the web test things start to sound a bit funky at the high frequencies though, 18 kHz sounds a bit strange, almost sounds like something might be folding back down into the lower frequencies so I gotta wonder about the test/equipment. Or maybe that's how ears perceive something on the threshold of audibility. Honestly I'm not sure how the highest frequencies really should be perceived, maybe the highest frequencies might naturally present with less energy? I actually "feel" something for 19 through 22 kHz, meaning I can tell there is a difference between on and off but I can't make out any tone, I wonder if it's just the energy presenting itself given the closed back headphones. At 22 kHz I feel nothing though.

Actually the slightly odd web results made me wonder so I just fired up Audacity and generated a bunch of 96 kHz sine waves with fade ins (to avoid the clicks so I can really tell between off and on). This is driving my onboard DAC at 96 kHz. I get different results from this web test. Interestingly I can hear sines fairly well up to 16500 Hz, then at 16600 Hz I can't hear anything. It's a very steep drop off in between those two frequencies. I don't perceive any of the folding back down to lower frequencies or weirdness I get with the web test, I can't hear anything after my cutoff at all and it all sounds as expected up to the cutoff.

So I have to wonder about the quality of that web test or how it ends up driving the DAC. My gut feeling is that the sine waves are recorded at some frequency that isn't going to match up to the DAC rate and we'll be hearing aliasing that is ever so easy to notice on sine waves from whatever resampling algorithm our audio stack/hardware is performing, and it's going to be different on each users system too. The test is all flash based so who knows what is going on in there.

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post Feb 24 2012, 18:10
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QUOTE (Kujibo @ Feb 24 2012, 00:16) *
With the web test things start to sound a bit funky at the high frequencies though, 18 kHz sounds a bit strange, almost sounds like something might be folding back down into the lower frequencies

...quite likely, if playing audio through a web browser on Windows:
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en...a-47e51de9c3ae/
(there's also an interesting tool mentioned in that thread which can be used to capture the actual signal going out to the DAC)

I suggest downloading the WAV clips from http://www.noiseaddicts.com/2010/10/hearing-loss-test/ and playing them directly in an audio player app. Even then, there's no guarantee against aliasing. It's so hard to diagnose and resolve this kind of thing. It also means it's possible that people think they can hear the 18+ KHz tones, when in fact they are hearing aliased/"ghost" tones at lower frequencies.
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- IgorC   Which is the highest frequency that You can hear?   Feb 24 2012, 01:33
- - marc2003   just 12kHz here. 35 years old.   Feb 24 2012, 01:48
- - eahm   QUOTE (marc2003 @ Feb 23 2012, 17:48) jus...   Feb 24 2012, 02:25
- - Batman321   17 KHz here. 35 Years old.   Feb 24 2012, 02:48
- - kraut   via earphones 15kHz, 62 years.   Feb 24 2012, 04:11
- - IgorC   As headphones genereally are more revealing, I...   Feb 24 2012, 04:35
|- - Kujibo   QUOTE (IgorC @ Feb 23 2012, 19:35) As hea...   Feb 24 2012, 08:16
|- - mjb2006   QUOTE (Kujibo @ Feb 24 2012, 00:16) With ...   Feb 24 2012, 18:10
- - Xrcr9709   I hear up to 15kHz, I "guess" a sound at...   Feb 24 2012, 04:44
- - sizetwo   17 khz, 36 year old using speakers.   Feb 24 2012, 07:49
- - onkl   I had to record the output just to check if there...   Feb 24 2012, 08:48
- - halb27   'folding back down to lower frequencies' p...   Feb 24 2012, 10:08
|- - Kujibo   QUOTE (halb27 @ Feb 24 2012, 01:08) @Kuji...   Feb 24 2012, 22:27
|- - greynol   QUOTE (halb27 @ Feb 24 2012, 01:08) ...   Feb 26 2012, 21:57
- - dhromed   30 years. ~17.2KHz using a 16-18KHz sweep in fooba...   Feb 24 2012, 10:18
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (dhromed @ Feb 24 2012, 04:18) 30 y...   Feb 24 2012, 13:28
||- - dhromed   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ Feb 24 2012, 13...   Feb 24 2012, 14:17
|- - Remedial Sound   QUOTE (dhromed @ Feb 24 2012, 04:18) Ther...   Feb 24 2012, 19:05
|- - lvqcl   QUOTE (Remedial Sound @ Feb 24 2012, 22:0...   Feb 24 2012, 19:56
|- - Remedial Sound   QUOTE (lvqcl @ Feb 24 2012, 13:56) QUOTE ...   Feb 25 2012, 03:11
|- - dhromed   QUOTE (Remedial Sound @ Feb 25 2012, 03:1...   Feb 25 2012, 14:36
|- - Ed Seedhouse   Well, at age 68 I hear sounds right up to 15 khz, ...   Feb 25 2012, 15:45
|- - Intruder66   15 kHz with (mid-quality) speakers at the age of 1...   Feb 25 2012, 16:38
|- - dhromed   QUOTE (Intruder66 @ Feb 25 2012, 16:38) 1...   Feb 25 2012, 18:51
- - skamp   I'm almost 30 years old, and I could hear all ...   Feb 24 2012, 11:26
- - C.R.Helmrich   If you are running Windows 7 (or Vista probably), ...   Feb 24 2012, 13:42
- - pdq   Only up to 12 kHz (tested two years ago when I was...   Feb 24 2012, 14:32
- - Martel   This test is totally messed up under Linux (Ubuntu...   Feb 24 2012, 15:42
- - LithosZA   Up to 18Khz in foobar2000 WASAPI output -> 16bi...   Feb 24 2012, 15:54
- - zipr   Equipment and environment can make a big differenc...   Feb 24 2012, 16:21
- - kode54   15KHz and 30 years old. Also, be careful with not...   Feb 24 2012, 17:12
- - halb27   16 kHz, age 62. Thank you, mjb2006, for the link t...   Feb 24 2012, 19:12
|- - mjb2006   QUOTE (halb27 @ Feb 24 2012, 11:12) 16 kH...   Feb 24 2012, 20:40
|- - onkl   QUOTE (halb27 @ Feb 24 2012, 19:12) 16 kH...   Feb 25 2012, 07:59
- - halb27   Thanks for the advice. I will do it.   Feb 25 2012, 00:01
- - extrabigmehdi   18 khz, and almost 35 years old, so my ears are st...   Feb 25 2012, 01:02
- - m45t3r   18kHZ with phones, 17kHz with speaker. I'm 2...   Feb 25 2012, 03:23
- - robojock   17 kHz, age 33   Feb 25 2012, 06:31
- - extrabigmehdi   Hum I've redone the test with the speakers, an...   Feb 25 2012, 06:49
- - iGold   My hearing limit is 17kHz (37 years old), my wife ...   Feb 25 2012, 08:47
- - Steve Forte Rio   Left ear - ~18 kHz, right ear - ~18.5 kHz (my own ...   Feb 25 2012, 12:13
- - derty2   I am over 40 years of age, I could hear all tones ...   Feb 25 2012, 16:57
- - no404error   17/19kHz (speakers/headphones), 30 y/o.   Feb 25 2012, 18:16
- - dhromed   Is it possible to produce some samples of intentio...   Feb 25 2012, 18:54
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (dhromed @ Feb 25 2012, 12:54) Is i...   Feb 26 2012, 01:16
|- - C.R.Helmrich   QUOTE (saratoga @ Feb 26 2012, 02:16) QUO...   Feb 26 2012, 12:20
- - somemightsay   When I first ran the tests, I had the TV on a litt...   Feb 25 2012, 19:10
- - halb27   I tried all the advices given here on my standard ...   Feb 26 2012, 00:58
- - mudlord   22khz, 23 y/o Sennheiser HD201   Feb 26 2012, 01:16
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (mudlord @ Feb 25 2012, 19:16) 22kh...   Feb 26 2012, 04:59
- - googlebot   Being synaesthetic the answer should be about 790 ...   Feb 26 2012, 01:25
- - millifoo   17khz on Sennheiser HD600's. I'm 46 years ...   Feb 26 2012, 01:53
|- - Kujibo   QUOTE (millifoo @ Feb 25 2012, 16:53) 17k...   Feb 26 2012, 21:38
- - FreaqyFrequency   17k, 20 years old. I'm okay with this.   Feb 26 2012, 03:42
- - Emon   Tested myself using my EMU 1212m, the software has...   Feb 26 2012, 04:06
- - hlloyge   Somewhere between 16.5 and 17 kHz, 37 yrs old.   Feb 26 2012, 10:32
- - [JAZ]   15Khz here. Looks like my hearing has worsened the...   Feb 26 2012, 11:15
- - randal1013   i can definitely hear 17khz. 18 and up i hear *som...   Feb 26 2012, 12:49
- - 2012   Had to download the files and upsample to 48000 (T...   Feb 26 2012, 18:49
- - Reiginsei   I can't hear anything past 14 kHz. But on hea...   Feb 26 2012, 19:06
- - greynol   I'm glad to see that I can still faintly hear ...   Feb 26 2012, 19:15
- - RealityRipple   Plugged in some cheap Samsung earbuds, cranked my ...   Feb 26 2012, 21:34
- - AllanP   I can hear 19 KHz very strong and 20 KHz weak, my ...   Feb 26 2012, 21:55
- - extrabigmehdi   I have done again the test , and this time perhap...   Feb 27 2012, 01:13
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (extrabigmehdi @ Feb 26 2012, 19:13...   Feb 27 2012, 01:16
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (saratoga @ Feb 27 2012, 00:16) QUO...   Feb 27 2012, 01:43
|- - IgorC   QUOTE (extrabigmehdi @ Feb 26 2012, 21:43...   Feb 27 2012, 01:56
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (IgorC @ Feb 27 2012, 00:56) QUOTE ...   Feb 27 2012, 02:06
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (extrabigmehdi @ Feb 26 2012, 20:06...   Feb 27 2012, 02:26
- - christopher   QUOTE (Martel @ Feb 24 2012, 14:42) This ...   Feb 27 2012, 01:59
|- - greynol   QUOTE (christopher @ Feb 26 2012, 16:59) ...   Feb 27 2012, 02:41
|- - christopher   QUOTE (greynol @ Feb 27 2012, 01:41) QUOT...   Feb 27 2012, 03:13
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (greynol @ Feb 27 2012, 01:41) QUOT...   Feb 27 2012, 03:14
- - IgorC   Also a simple analysis can be applied. And some p...   Feb 27 2012, 02:18
- - greynol   There is no such problem with Audition. FWIW I ha...   Feb 27 2012, 03:47
- - christopher   I guess I'll just mark it down to bad luck on ...   Feb 27 2012, 04:26
- - saratoga   So I guess the take home here is that 74% of peopl...   Feb 27 2012, 04:54
- - IgorC   That's mine conclusion as well. Just a simple...   Feb 27 2012, 05:50
- - greynol   20kHz or more is the sum of bins 20kHz, 21kHz and ...   Feb 27 2012, 06:15
- - IgorC   Yep, I was thinking of that too. Considering eac...   Feb 27 2012, 06:25
- - greynol   I don't find it unreasonable to think that the...   Feb 27 2012, 06:31
- - IgorC   Great, Greynol. But wait. This time lets think ...   Feb 27 2012, 06:57
|- - mzil   QUOTE (IgorC @ Feb 27 2012, 00:57) Sugges...   Feb 27 2012, 09:09
- - halb27   The graphs show what I wrote about earlier in this...   Feb 27 2012, 10:27
- - Bjossi   17 kHz, 23 years old. I hear 17 kHz pretty clearly...   Feb 27 2012, 17:14
|- - BoraBora   I donwloaded the samples in wav then listened to t...   Feb 28 2012, 02:18
- - smz   Strange: using the noiseaddicts.com test I can hea...   Feb 28 2012, 03:51
- - IgorC   I will ask Administrators to close this poll. A ne...   Feb 28 2012, 04:15


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