Hearing Test – high frequency sounds measure hearing loss

Posted on 26 Jan 2013


We got a lot of positive feedback on our “Can You Hear Like a Teenager? ” article, and it inspired us to take it just a little bit further.

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.

Take our unscientific hearing test: listen to each of these tones and let us know where your hearing cuts out:

8 kHz10 kHz

12 kHz

14 kHz

15 kHz

16 kHz

17 kHz18 kHz

19 kHz

20 kHz

21 kHz

22 kHz

Listen here: Hearing Test – high frequency sounds measure hearing loss.

I’m using iPhone earbuds and 12 kHz is loud, but I can barely hear 14 kHz. Everything above that is just the initial click… possibly a pressure, but no sound. Can anyone else using iPhone earbuds hear these higher sounds?

Apple says they have a Frequency Response of 20 Hz to  20KHz, so I think they are playing the sounds. I probably just have to admit my hearing loss. I did clear up that the constant ringing in my ears is about 14 KHz.

Woah, when I played 8 KHz the ringing in my ears seemed to stop for a few seconds….Cool.  More experimenting to do on this… I should sweep the entire spectrum slowly and see what happens.

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