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Slightly headache-inducing memeness

Gakked from oxbastetxo:

You are an easily repelled teenager
The mosquito device was made for the likes of you. You are probably begging to make the noise stop!

The highest pitched ultrasonic mosquito ringtone that I can hear is 18.8kHz
Find out which ultrasonic ringtones you can hear!

This is the highest one where I'm sure I'm hearing the actual pitch intended. I can hear a tone on all of them, but the ones beyond this point sound a lot lower. So assuming there's not an error with the sound files, I must be hearing an undertone, and am therefore not counting those. But that's really fascinating to me, and I'd love to know what happens there for others. I may go back and try again when I'm over Teh Sick, as I'm pretty sure at least one ear is infected along with my sinuses.

Those of you who've witnessed me curling up in a ball of misery with my hands over my ears at apparently random times will likely be unsurprised by this result. ;-)

Also, my fillings ache now.


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Mar. 21st, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Bless your heart.
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Re: infection or hearing? On the former, I should have drugs in about three hours and it will soon be all good. I have to be pretty philosophical about it -- it's been nearly a year and a half since the last one, which is a fairly substantial record for me.

On the latter, it's mostly a source of entertainment. The curling up only lasts as long as the sound does, which usually isn't very long. Unless somebody's TV tube is poorly grounded or something. If we leave our cell charger plugged in without a phone attached? That one's awful.

Edited at 2008-03-21 04:14 pm (UTC)
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
I got the same. Surprise, surprise. Also, ow on infections, ow ow ow.

I want to take a *real* test, too, and have some idea what scale of sound-noise-etc. that puts me on.
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
My migraines were diagnosed by a neurologist, and that was part of the battery of tests. But she stopped three or four steps after saying "Holy cow," as it was kind of pointless for the purpose at hand. :-)
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh. *g* So did she decide that contributed? Or was it something else?
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
No, it was just part of the standard general neuro exam. Other than "clearly nothing wrong with the hearing," kind of a waste of time. :-)
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Heeeee! Gotcha. Do you think that helps with the singing, I wonder? or is it a distraction?
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
It helps, at least tangentially. I can separate out parts and overtones and stuff really easily. It might be a distraction if I hadn't had musical training so early (piano starting at 6, and ballet starting at 5 probably helped too), but as it is I have the mental structures for organizing it pretty automatically.
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Hunh. Interesting. I had piano from about 8 to 11, then clarinet from 11 to 14 or so... but I still get distracted/unfocused by sounds pretty damn easily. Maybe more training would help....
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
It might, but it would be harder. I suspect it's like neural pathway development for language, i.e. much harder to build after about 7.
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
My old job gave me hearing tests every three years or so, and I always came up with phenomenal hearing on those. Scale was 0 to 20, anything under 20 being normal hearing, and I'd have almost nothing above a 2 - and what was above a 2 was from the time when I moved my head a little and the horrible din my neck made drowned out the sounds I was listening to. I can't ordinarily hear any sounds from my neck; the soundproof booth was a toy in and of itself!

I'd be curious to know how I compare now, though.
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Coooool. *now wants to play with hearing toys very much.*

Mar. 21st, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
At first, I was freaking out because I couldn't hear any tones at all.

...then I remembered I had the browser muted. *facepalm*

I can just barely hear the 15.8, so it says I am in my twenties. But if I go with the one before it, which is the last one that's painful to listen to, that says I'm a thirtysomething. :-)
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
...then I remembered I had the browser muted. *facepalm*

That would make it a bit easier, yes. ;-)
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
I got up to 16.7, but I might go higher if I weren't trying to do it in a room with fluorescent lights, a wireless router, and two children. The background noise is significant (especially the fluorescent lights, which were B, btw). I could hear the 'speaker clicking back off' noise, though. Still, not bad for an old lady of 39.
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
(especially the fluorescent lights, which were B, btw)

*nod* There's a reason I brought in two lamps for my office.
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
And I thought I had managed to train myself not to hear the fluorescent lights anymore. I can hear them again now.

*wanders off in search of tylenol*
Mar. 21st, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
I hit one lower, but I suspect that's due to Tour of Duty playing on the TV, and my computer being loud.

I have a problem with those supposedly 'silent' security security devices in retail stores, after all.

Mar. 21st, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, definitions of "silent" frequently amuse me...
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
You're not a hoopy frood
You thought you were really with it and in with your younger colleagues but they just laugh at you because you can't hear beyond this!

The highest pitched ultrasonic mosquito ringtone that I can hear is 14.1kHz
Find out which ultrasonic ringtones you can hear!

Can I just have my live interpreted and captioned now? ETA: Oh, and, yes, I turned off everything in the room so that the only sound (I can hear) is the laptop fan and I could continue to hear the speaker on-off clicks but nothing else on the higher pitches.

Edited at 2008-03-21 08:36 pm (UTC)
Mar. 21st, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Can I just have my live interpreted and captioned now?

As much as possible. :: pats ::
Mar. 21st, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Seriously...that's a relatively significant difference in what I can hear, isn't it? Or is this so far out of speech range that it doesn't matter?
Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Way far out of speech range. And in fact pretty normal for our age. I'm the freak. :-)
Mar. 22nd, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
I scored even higher than you (results in my LJ) but like you I heard the tones on that end as lower than the ones on the other end. Also, there were three in the middle I just got a carrier hum on. Weird!
Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
And now I'm wondering whether it's actually an undertone, or just a neural processing thing.

Being quite certain I'm not a dog, however...
Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Okay, kiddies, I am obviously the only Elder here. I could hear the first three tones ONLY. 12kH.

But remember, I'm from the sex, drugs and rock and roll gen. And I'll tell you lovelies, it was worth it.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
*chuckle* I have no doubt it was.

I'm actually most entertained by not being the only freak around here...
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
I can hear the 18.8Hz quite clearly over my headphones in a relatively noisy room (my parents are eating crisps & having a conversation)
Anything higher I think reaches the pitch of my tinnitus :-|
Must try this in a silent room sometime :-)

So no, you're not the only freak ;-)
Mar. 25th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
I took the test and they told me that I was having a mid-life crisis, damn them. So, I maxed out my volume and was able to hear only one more file and was thus upgraded from mid-life crisis to "not a hoopy frood".

"You're not a hoopy frood. You thought you were really with it and in with your younger colleagues but they just laugh at you because you can't hear beyond this! The highest pitched ultrasonic mosquito ringtone that I can hear is 14.1kHz"
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