June 13, 2006

Now hear this!

Most of you probably have seen this story about the ring tone that supposedly only teens can hear.

It's an ultra-high frequency tone, around 17-18 kHz, and most adults lose the ability to distinguish such tones as we age and the hair cells in our inner ears are damaged, either from getting older, or excess exposure to loud noises, including music.  Teens, however, should be able to hear it just fine...

As can most dogs and cats....

Anyway, Steve-O has the link here.  Turn up the volume and click the player.  I can hear it just fine, thanks, as annoying as it is.

Trust me, any of the little f*ckers show up in my class with that, I will own their cell phone for the rest of the day.

Posted by caltechgirl at June 13, 2006 02:46 PM | TrackBack

I think it's a great joke...on the kids!! Maybe some teacher somewhere created this idea to mess with the kids' minds!

Posted by: Mrs_Who at June 13, 2006 04:39 PM

I love the way you express your love affection for your young students.

; )

Posted by: Christina at June 13, 2006 06:18 PM

They were playing it on the radio as I was driving to work the other day...I guess I might know people who couldn't hear it, but...hey, I'm 32, and I've worked in industrial environments where it's "plugs and muffs" and I could still hear it. Maybe they're assuming all teachers are over 60 or something...

Posted by: Andrew Blackburn at June 13, 2006 06:49 PM

Ok, I'm 24 and couldn't hear it. I turned my speakers on my laptop full blast and couldn't hear anything. I started to get a headache though and when I put ear up to the speaker of the laptop, I only heard a light piercing sound that gave me an even bigger headache. Does that make sense?

And yes, I listen to my music too loud, have been to loud concerts and spent 8 years of my life in a marching band or orchestra.

Posted by: Sissy at June 13, 2006 08:47 PM

Now I feel old. I can't hear it.

I'll hope it's just that my laptop's speakers can't play that high pitched sound.

Yeah. That's what it is...

Posted by: Bill at June 13, 2006 09:04 PM

All of y'all who can hear it have HAIRY EARS!!!
CTG told me! ;-)

(Actually, the "Mosquito" thing that the tone was originally designed for is an AWESOME idea!)

Posted by: Beth at June 13, 2006 11:36 PM

I can only hear it if I have my volume up full blast on my computer...

Posted by: Bou at June 14, 2006 09:20 AM

Check the dynamic range on your computer's speakers. It may not even be able to produce that tone, whether or not you can hear it. Your cheaper PC speakers only go up to 15,000 khz, because most people just don't need that much dynamic range.

Posted by: MBC at June 14, 2006 09:39 AM

I can hear it just fine. I prefer vibrate though . . .

Posted by: oddybobo at June 14, 2006 11:22 AM

I'm 52 and hear it loud and clear... and I love my music loud as well... must have hairy ears! :-)

Posted by: RobC at June 17, 2006 11:52 PM