How old are your Ears? ;-)

Omagh, Northern Ireland
November 19, 2008 10:58pm CST
Ever heard of "Mosquito Ringtones"? Apparently your ears lose some sensitivity as you grow older,made worse by long term abuse of them with loud music,industrial noise without hearing protection,and loud environments in general. It's been found (and recently exploited!) that the young have a higher threshhold for sounds,so the "Mosquito ringtone" was created..basically,a School student should be able to hear a high frequency tone whereas the teacher could not. So the student installs a "Mosquito Ringtone",and therefore can hear a high pitched tone to announce an SMS message,as they could probably get away with picking up a message in class,but not a phone call.. here's a site that offers a range of progressively higher tones to test your hearing-use headphones for best results..which is the highest tone you can hear? http://journal.plasticmind.com/ears/mosquito-tone-or-how-to-tell-youre-a-youngun/
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
20 Nov 08
I don't have any headphones handy at the moment, but I had heard of that. The invention was originally intended to keep teenagers from loitering. Children wouldn't be bothered by it since they could hear much higher frequencies, but teens found it annoying. Adults just can't hear it. I have very sensitive ears but I'm not sure on high pitches. I'll have to check that out later.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
20 Nov 08
I'd heard of the anti-loiter use of high frequency sounds before,but had never encountered it in use around here...interesing! I wonder would it be in the same range as these ringtones available..one regular ringtone I like is the morse code SMS one (...--...) I wonder would this be available as a high freq. ringtone?