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How good is your hearing?

Chrispy

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You define how good your hearing is simply by the highest frequency?
 

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60 years old, I start around 32hz and make it up to 12-13khz. I do not listen to anything really loud and do not notice much difference as my hi freq slowly disappears.
 

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This natural (or other reason) hearing loss among us audio scientists makes me wonder if we need the systems we so diligently commit to, does it make sense to downsize our gear as we get along in years. My wife and I are headed to full retirement in 5 years and thinking about downsizing, I cant see carrying on with all my present gear in yhe long run.
 

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I'm 55. Last time I tested I think I was able to get up to about 14.5khz

Just did a test now and it seems I'm down to maybe 14.2 or so now
 
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I can hear the scream of the butterfly; until the end...
 

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Terrible, and that’s why I don my hearing appliances when listening critically to streaming music. Big hearing loss between 3500 and 5000Hz, ouch.
 

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About 17.5 kHz, I’m almost 23.
 

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That test made me thinking, so I applied a -50dB pre gain filter on right channel to try only left ear. The result is that previously I was wrong and clearly can hear up to 21KHz, but on my left ear the signal must be at much higher loudness level.
 

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Age 72, HF cutoff at normal spls 13.5kHz. Slight loss of sensitivity in the presence region but still within the range the audiologist defined as normal.

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Some of the other tests are pretty interesting. This is all with headphones on and I am 36. For several of these I feel its more an issue of experience rather than innate ability, I got better at them the second time I tried. And I'm including the level I can pass with 100% accuracy, a couple I could get better than 50% accuracy but not be bang on every time.

- Can hear from between 17-18khz
- Can hear the mosquito test, especially obvious is the oscillating one https://www.audiocheck.net/audiotests_mosquito.php
- Distinguish noise at 15khz though, I suspect you get better at this the more you listen to white noise, not something I felt like doing https://www.audiocheck.net/blindtests_frequency.php?frq=15
- Distinguish 1db differences https://www.audiocheck.net/blindtests_level.php?lvl=1
- Perceive 54db of dynamic range https://www.audiocheck.net/blindtests_dynamic.php?dyna=54
- Unsurprisingly listening area provides 54db (although I can make out that he is talking at 60d, just not the words) https://www.audiocheck.net/blindtests_dynamic.php?dyna=54
- I can tell 8/16bit apart, although had to first figure out what I was looking for https://www.audiocheck.net/blindtests_16vs8bit.php
- Distinguish 10c tone differences - https://www.audiocheck.net/blindtests_pitch.php?cent=10
- Distinguish 5ms delay - https://www.audiocheck.net/blindtests_timing_2w.php?time=5
- Could get 62% on polarity, answer is probably no, can't tell them apart. this https://www.audiocheck.net/blindtests_abspolarity.php
 
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