June 12, 2006

Can you hear it or are you old?

Okay, so quick test to see if you are as young as you think you are (ha!). Perhaps you’ve read about the new ringtone that high school students are using in class because only they can hear it and not their teachers (due to a normal disappearance of the ability to hear higher-register tones as we age).

I must admit I am pleased that I can hear it (and it is DANG annoying). I may be 26 but don’t write me off as old yet! I’m kind of surprised that my ears still work well at all because of my truly unfortunate habit of going to really loud concerts and often not wearing earplugs (it sounds all muffled and under-watery when you wear earplugs!). Shame, shame, I know.

My sincere apologies if this test confirms your aging and depresses you at all on this beautiful Monday morning. You are still wonderful.

Take the test: Listen to the sound here.

Monday Music Roundup coming in a bit.


  • So I’m old, but being wonderful is good!

    Anonymous — June 12, 2006 @ 11:59 am

  • Crap… Can’t hear it.

    Q2D2 — June 12, 2006 @ 12:17 pm

  • Ahh, that is obnoxious!

    Anonymous — June 12, 2006 @ 12:22 pm

  • Err, I definitely hear something — a high pitched noise that kinda chirps, though the chirping isn’t as pronounced as the clip goes on. Is this it, or am I making this up?

    Steve — June 12, 2006 @ 12:53 pm

  • Yup, I’m old.
    But I just had to DL Audacity and downsample the pitch alot so I could hear there was anything there besides a laugh and a clink.

    Anonymous — June 12, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

  • There’s a better clip here: Ringtone

    Jason — June 12, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

  • Thanks Jason. I can hear it!!!

    Anonymous — June 12, 2006 @ 2:15 pm

  • Damn…I’m only 21, but apparently I’m elderly, because all I hear in that MP3 is giggling.

    Spoodles — June 12, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

  • I can hear it. And I’m a teacher. Hell yes.

    kingseyeland — June 12, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

  • Whew, I thought I was getting old until I clicked on Jason’s link. That’s freakin’ annoying!!

    R.J.B. — June 12, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

  • 55. can hear it in left ear,but not right. halfway told?

    J — June 13, 2006 @ 10:31 am

  • Thank you Jason! I knew my hearing was still with me.

    Trellick Tower — June 14, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

  • I’ve heard about this! But in England they’re using the noise to repel loitering kids from hanging around corners and malls and stuff. Little did we know they’d get their own back!

    Shipping Lanes — June 15, 2006 @ 7:16 am

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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