What's your actual range of hearing?
Posted on May 27, 2011 03:03 pm
Contributor Since: Nov 11, 2007
I tested this last night with a sine wave generator. I can hear 20hz-17,500Khz. The guy I was recording did a lot better and heard up to 18,500.
Just curious. I should probably start wearing earplugs when playing drums :(
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May 27, 2011 04:32 pm Well, I know I can hear(feel) down to at least 15hz, but I feel it more than hear it. And upper range cuts off somewhere above 17Khz might barely hit 18, not sure lol. But I think that's pretty normal for us adults well, that and I just turned 32 last friday. :P
Since: Dec 04, 2007
Generally most tests I've seen, you set a reference frequency around 1khz that is neither too loud, nor too soft, but comfortable. With that as the reference you move up the spectrum. Still, best to get an official result from a medical specialist. There's a lot of variables we don't count when testing ourselves (like tinnitus or other stuff)
Typically, older men will have a lower cutoff point since even if we protect our ears (and I don't typically listen to loud music or go to concerts either) there is a natural loss of the extreme upper frequencies.
Older women probably still hear up into the 19Khz range. I know my wife can anyway (but she's only 29, turning 30 in Sept.)
May 27, 2011 05:08 pm My immediate intention was to hear those tones so I could more easily identify comparable weirdness in the mix, so I was cranking the volume up and down to hear what I needed to hear. Good point on the reference tone though...now you've got me worried. I imagine my hearing isn't very good. I was pretty (extremely) reckless about loud amps for 10 years. I definitely notice that when I hear a balanced mix, it seems to be louder at my left ear.
Since: Nov 11, 2007
May 27, 2011 09:55 pm all drumms ive ever known have said they have bad tinnitus
Since: Nov 27, 2007
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Jun 05, 2011 05:46 pm I can hear from just below a moose cry to a little above the whistle of a heavy object approaching my head. :)
Since: May 15, 2007
Jun 05, 2011 10:30 pm Being that I test speakers in my shop constantly, I know my range fairly well.
@ 68 dB, I can hear 30hz to 16.5khz
@ 75 dB, I hear from 20hz to about 16.8khz
@ 90 dB, it's 17hz to 19khz
@ 115 dB 12hz to 19khz
I'm not too bad for a semi old guy. I'm 41, and have worked way to many 120 to 130 dB shows. But, some how I've kept most of my hearing.
Jun 06, 2011 10:49 am i'm quite curious as to what mine is....any good plugin or tone generator that lets you see the frequency (numbers) while you sweep?......as far as how loud...the high-end roll-off rob is experiencing was completely unexpected...i always assumed louder is easier to hear...strange...i wanna try!
Jun 06, 2011 11:11 am Im pretty curious to, interesting thread
Since: Jul 04, 2002
just to be a geek though, i'd like to assert that wat u hear and how u hear r different things. The ability to critically listen I think will serve a person up until the age inwhich the high end starts to drop off.
Jun 06, 2011 11:20 am very good point..i'm starting to think my fiancee can hear higher frequency than myself (which makes me feel..i donno, different about my hearing ability)....than again, she is absolutely incapable of using her hearing objectively...she spooks easily, and is constantly trying to figure out what every sound she hears, where it came from, what made it, why? she clouds her mind with these questions and can't just 'observe'...so on that level i can defiantly "hear" better than her..epically with timing issues like phase and spacial relationships, reflections, etc.
Jun 06, 2011 01:02 pm You know.... I'm not sure if there are any good plug-ins for this...
I use a Goldline TS1 tone generator. It produces a clean tone with no harmonics. So, I'm not sure if any plug-in can do that. Plus, you do need a system that can produces the frequency spectrum flat as well.
Jun 06, 2011 01:42 pm shirly you can have a decent sine wave generator that can have a numeric real-time "status".....seems like it'd be an easy script to write....
my monitors are good enough for me (more curious about the higher frequency's than the lows)....also for speaker and headphone comparisons....seems like it'd be a simple handy tool ay?
Jun 06, 2011 01:42 pm ...and don't call him shirly...
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Since: Feb 07, 2005
...and don't call him shirly...
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