Audio Test

Submitted by: lostinkorea 7 years ago in Quizzes
http://theoatmeal.com/quizzes/sound/

Can you hear this? WARNING: it will hurt your ears!
There are 108 comments:
Male 260
I just barley heard it, and I am 52 as of
Dec,21,2014
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Female 408
I heard it, but it seems a little less hurtful since the first time I tried it. oh age...
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Female 7
:-/ Definitely heard it...
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Male 20
I ran a frequency tone tester from my computer and discovered 2 things:

1. My Subwoofer can play down to 5 Hz...which is pretty badass considering the specs only say it can play down to 16 Hz.

2. I can hear up to about 17,000 Hz so this tone must be lower than this as I could hear it clearly and the 17,000 Hz tone was barely audible.
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Female 408
I heard it, ow.
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Female 2
heard it
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Male 115
i played this sound and it made me jump and both my parents looked at me like i was retarded and they can`t hear it.
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Male 561
huh?
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Female 1
Oh, god! ow!|-X
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Male 10
lol I have that sound on my phone
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Male 105
Heard it... but that was to be expected
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Female 179
Did anyone else hear two different notes?
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Male 12
I can`t hear it, but my wife and kids can, weird.
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Male 3,076
heard it but stronger on my right ear
but I always hear a pipping sound in my ears |-(
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Male 12
i failed lol. i heard the sound, but it hurt so much through my big headphones that i clicked the wrong button.
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Male 496
I`m 31 and I can hear it. Just a faint irritating ringing noise, sort of like what you might hear after experiencing really loud noise.
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Male 139
I`m almost 32, and I heard it just fine.
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Male 6,693
Made my head hurt.
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Male 2,893
Oh f*cking sh*t!!
Nevermind.
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Male 2,893
Nope, can`t hear it.
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Female 854
I remember doing this a few years back and played it in my living room and my brother`s friend heard it from the other side of the house, he freaked. :) My ears itch now...
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Male 185
That`s not the actual teenager sound. That tone was at 15kHz and is usually audible to people. The sound you`re looking for is more about 17kHz.
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Female 627
this only works with young people, as you age your hearing degrades and you can`t hear high pitched sounds like this one.
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Female 735
ive always been able to hear it. no big deal.
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Male 1,704
i didnt hear it at all until i turned my head round to look at my speaker volume, then i heard it.
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Female 5,222
eeek!! *rubs ears*
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Male 122
omfg wtf was that. NEVAAAR AGAIN!!!
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Male 532
It`s kind of weird I did it multiple times and sometimes I could hear the tone and other times I couldn`t. Then I listened to it steady and all of a sudden I couldn`t hear it anymore after a few seconds....im calling shenanigans on this. Also if you have an Iphone or a Droid phone download an app called "Ultrasound" it has various tones and it`s really fun to mess with people and dogs.
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Male 16
I can hear it, leaves a bad after taste in my ears though.
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Male 3,631
Same here Dmoney - very encouraging in my elderly years.
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Female 570
it`s weird. i can hear this but when i downloaded the supposed same sound on another website i couldnt.
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Male 221
I can hear it very well, I think hearing is my best sense, because I can sometimes here the high pitched buzz of our old tube tv, when my sister leaves it on
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Female 536
I can hear it still, but it`s not particularly annoying to me. I can hear dog whistles too :)I`ve been pretty good about my headphone use and only been to 2 or 3 rock concerts in my life, so prob not too much hearing loss yet.
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Male 440
I can still hear this but it is very faint.
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Male 2,229
Fu*k, that`s annoying

But then again I can also hear a "dog" whistle, which sounds like a "regular" whistle
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Male 415
GAHHH!!!! didnt even last a second >.>
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Male 63
IT HURTS US
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Female 728
I can hear up to 18. I`ve lost about 1000 Hz in two years, apparently, because I could hear up to 19 in my high school physics class.
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Male 633
I can hear up to 19 normally and up to 21 if i crank my speakers and use headphones but i can`t hear 22 :/
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Female 299
I only hear up to 15...
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Male 203
aww i could only hearup to 18... and i`m only 20!
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Male 126
I think it must be broken because I CAN hear it...that shouldn`t be.
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Female 2,674
On the scale test if I got very close to my speakers (didn`t feel like putting on head phones) I could hear 17, nothing after that.
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Male 4,807
Altaru .. thanks for the link but alas I still heard nothing Even with headphones on and volume cranked.
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Female 49
Ok, tried the oatmeal test and could hear it, but on the scale test, i couldn`t hear over 15, and i`m 24 O_O
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Male 5,094
I hear something all right, and it`s been 15 years since I was a teenager.
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Male 422
Thats what it sounds like for me at night...damn titinus :/
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Male 509
"I`m pretty sure Oatmeal played something in the 13-14khz range, which is still audible at slightly older ages."
I think it may have gone to about 16khz cos I used a tone generator a few years ago and I could hear up to about 15, and I couldn`t hear that even at full volume with or without headphones. And with that scaled one, I could hear something at 15 and 16 but I couldn`t put my finger on it. Then again, I`m fairly sure I`ve had permanent tinnitus since as long as I can remember, so that might be overriding it.
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Male 10,338
I could hear it at low volume, and I am 34....

I think he chose the wrong frequency.
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Female 61
It sounds like flossing your brain through ears
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Male 5,626
[email protected]!!!
Why did I click that??!!!

Knocked me out of my chair. My ears are now ringing.
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Male 985
im 94 and i can hear it
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Male 877
i hear it...im 72
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Male 287
I can hear it, but unlike most, the sound has never bothered me much.
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Male 25,416
Thats old news, its known as the mosquito sound!
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Female 74
OWW WTF
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Female 525
I`ve always been able to hear the teenager tone, and I`m 41. I just tried that scaled test and could easily hear 22.
This makes no logical sense considering I`ve blasted music my entire life and been to hundreds of concerts.
Maybe it can be an inherited trait or something...
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Male 179
i can hear up to 19 on those, but the ones past it (20, 21 and 22) are making noises that to *my ears* sound lower than the one at 19. like they either are not pure frequencies or my speakers can`t pick them up. but 19 i can hear pretty clearly. i think i need better speakers.
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Female 97
When I was in high school, my economics teacher used to play this sound (or a one like it) to get us all in order when we weren`t paying attention.
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Female 317
@Altaru - I could hear all of those, including the 22khz one. :-? Is that usual?
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Male 703
good link Altaru. I got somewhere between 15-16kHz - 15 was clear as, 16 i could sort of `feel` it, but equally, could be my brain playing silly buggers. What`s the average (average being a very broad term) frequency response for a)a laptop`s sound card, and b)cheap headphones?
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Male 3,482
Here we go...

This linkhas a scaled test from 8khz to 22khz.

And it`s not specifically teenagers. It`s meant to say people over 25.

I`m pretty sure Oatmeal played something in the 13-14khz range, which is still audible at slightly older ages.

15 is usually the cut-off for people over 25.

But, as with everything is this crazy, messed-up world, there are exceptions...

As for me... I can hear up to 16. Used to be able to hear up to 19, I think, maybe higher, but I started listening to my music at pretty high volumes almost 24/7...
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Male 519
I was expecting to have to rip my headphones out but I listen to music louder then this
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Male 3,482
Okay, to all the nay-sayers...

I know this frequency, and this is the first time I have to say the Oatmeal did it wrong. He didn`t use the right frequency.

Let me see if I can find a more accurate test, with multiple levels.
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Female 728
That was actually a rather low-frequency version of the test. I`ve heard much higher before.
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Male 39,958
48 and I heard it... okay, i had to turn the speakers WAY up... but I heard it! I`m still young dammit! I`m not useless
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Male 15,832
Actually, I did a spectrum analysis on this, and it`s a different sound from the one posted last year. It still has a peak at around 13KHz, but there are a lot more lower-frequency tones mixed in to make it sound all gnarly.
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Male 15,832
Too much rock `n` roll and firearms for these old ears. I did drop it down an octave so I could hear it, and it`s pretty annoying.

I put up a pic of the wave form for this sound when Fancy posted it a year and a half ago. My original reply is here.
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Male 256
I`m 32 and have hearing loss from years of listening to music way too loudly, but I heard it clear as a cricket on meth.
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Female 4
I can hear it.
Kinda painful.
I`m 17.
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Female 414
gaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh 1 that is not that high pitched, 2 gaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh
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Female 917
16, and half deaf in my left ear since I was born, can`t hear a thing. Dragged my little brother in my room to hear it and he started flipping out, while I`m like "So it DOES work then."

If I put my ear less than an inch away from the speaker, I heard the faintest squealing type noise, but it`s so light that I can`t figure out if I`m imagining it or not.
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Female 57
i`m 27, have been working around jet engines for the last 3 years..and i can hear it just fine. i don`t find it that annoying either.
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Male 840
Okay. I heard it on the second try when I turned the volume up a couple of clicks and I am old (58). Did not bother me though.
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Male 378
yay! im not deaf
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Male 13
WOW! That was awful! My head is going to explode! (I`m 43...)
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Female 151
ouch! that was the worst sound ever !!!!
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Male 553
I can hear it clearly. But it doesn`t hurt me it just made me dizzy and nauseous. It is still ringing in my ear even though I stopped it.
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Female 29
Totally just teased the piss out of my kids, playing this on and off during the time it`s been posted. "Mom I heard that sound again!" I can`t hear it and I`m 28.
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Male 161
Ok, I am almost 30 years old and I think that I have some hearing damage from working as a Chef for many years in noisy kitchens. And damn that noise hurts. It sounds like a bug getting too close to your ear. Try using headphones. I keep trying it to see if it is my imagination, but no, I can also hear the click when the play stops. Torture your friends with this...
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Male 250
i can hear it! :P
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Male 4,807
Ok, now I just tried it on the comp. with better speakers and cranked it.... Still nothing. :(
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Female 38
Some people can hear it, some can`t. It has to do with the size of your ear drum. Smaller can hear higher pitches.
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Female 172
I still can`t hear that sound. Lol.
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Female 24
My dad could hear it, but only when he was sitting at the computer.

But now I have a head ache D:
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Male 4,807
not a thing... what did it sound like?
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Male 15,510
I tried this test a good while ago in group of diverse ages (most of them over 18) and I got mixed reactions, still most of them could hear it so I doubt this is entirely age related
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Male 4,745
I`m 39, spent almost ten years playing on a stage with loud music blasting my ears and I can hear it.
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Female 16
My friend who has hearing damage could hear this...
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Male 316
I think everyone can hear this sound.
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Male 7,834
oh god, it hurt so bad.
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Female 1,006
Not that bad. I can hear it just fine and I`m 28. :D Huzzah!
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Male 1,244
I had this on my phone and I played it so much it doesn`t bother me anymore o.0
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Male 1,219
It`s not that bad.
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Male 339
i cant hear anything :S which makes me wonder if the audio is actually not working or if i actually cant hear it... hmmm
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Female 3,562
I`m not even going to play it, I already know what it is and I hate it. Most annoying sound ever.
My parents can`t hear it of course.
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Female 3,001
i remember when they used to play a similar sound at a bus stop near me, it was just outside one of those places the government deemed attracted too many youth. i think the sound was to make us decide to find a place elsewhere to hang, not cool.
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Male 1,222
I used to have it on my phone, and just play it in a crowd of people to annoy everyone
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Male 588
You have to have a sound card and speakers capable of producing a sound with frequency of over 20 kHz for this to work right. And even then mp3 encoding is likely to mess it up.
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Male 337
im 37 and can hear that awful noise.
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Male 12,365
Hmm...I`m not convinced. My upper limit is ~15.5KHz and I lose a lot of volume over ~14Kz, but I can hear this loud and clear. So I think this is ~14KHz and that`s too low for this kind of test.
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Male 10,855
Yep I can still hear it.
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Male 17,511
I`m 42 and can hear it.
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Male 657
I`m 35 and I can hear it. It drives me batty. I can also hear if tv is on from the high pitched sound.
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Male 239
I`m 23 and I can`t hear the noise, but my girlfriend who`s 1 year younger than me freaks out when i play it, the noise makes her feel sick after an extended time. The dog isn`t keen on it either, he leaves the room when its playing.
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Male 716
Yas I can still hear it dispite the fact I make really loud acid music regularly. My ears haven`t gone. Yet.
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yup
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Female 3,726
Link: Audio Test [Rate Link] - Can you hear this? WARNING: it will hurt your ears!
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