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12th-Jun-2006 10:22 am
An audiofile of that high-pitched ringtone that, supposedly, adults can't hear and that students are using for their cellphones during class.

Only there's one small problem. I'm an adult, and I can hear it. It's one of those "Holy fuck, what IS that!? Is it just me? Are my ears ringing, or what?" headache inducer sounds. Even when I turn my laptop volume on max, though, it never gets incredibly loud per se. On the other hand, neither of my parents say they can hear anything whatsoever.

So. Quiz time. Can YOU hear it?
12th-Jun-2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
Max volume, I can just hear it.
12th-Jun-2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
Although, if it was such a high frequency that you wouldn't be able to hear it, odds are those cheap little laptop speakers wouldn't be able to reproduce it ^^;
12th-Jun-2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
Speak for yourself, buster. I have very high-quality laptop speakers. ^_~

On the other hand, I wonder if CELLPHONES can ring at a high enough frequency.
12th-Jun-2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
i'll have to wait till i get home to check that, but i heard a story on NPR about this type of thing the other day, and they supposedly played the frequency over the radio, and i couldn't hear it...
12th-Jun-2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
they supposedly played the frequency over the radio, and i couldn't hear it...

More likely the radio speaker’s fault than your ears ^_^
12th-Jun-2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
AAURGH! Ugh, what a horrible noise.
12th-Jun-2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
Oh come on, I can hear that loud and clear!!! Doesn’t even sound like that high of a frequency ^^
12th-Jun-2006 06:12 pm (UTC) - argh
can hear it even without the speakers up high. definitely sounds like one of those headache-inducing frequencies. Kind of like the buzz i used to get as a student from some of the mics during recordings in the sound studio...
12th-Jun-2006 06:16 pm (UTC) - Re: argh
Yeah, I could hear it even with my volume levels at near-mute...and it didn't seem to get appreciably louder as I turned the volume up. Totally weird.
12th-Jun-2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
That's the EXACT same background noise/whine that my old television made.
12th-Jun-2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
Mine too!
12th-Jun-2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
Ow, ow, OW! I can hear it just fine >_< unfortunately.
12th-Jun-2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
My older ears, that grew up on a steady diet of loud concerts and headphone melting personal listening levels, hears nothing.
12th-Jun-2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
I can hear it. My Mom claimed she heard something but she described something completely different so I don't think she heard it. It was making my ears hurt.
13th-Jun-2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Yes, I can hear it. And I'm turning 30 in a little over a month.
13th-Jun-2006 02:33 am (UTC)
Still housesitting and their monitor makes the same noise, so I was a little confused. Figured it out and find it only hurts upon first pressing play. The sample is long enough that it then mingles and vanishes with the monitor's noises. What a joke.

But what I don't understand is, I'd only hear it if I were in the library, see? I would need it to be fairly silent to hear the keening noise. But in a lecturing class? I dunno...
13th-Jun-2006 11:26 am (UTC)
I can hear it, and it's amazingly annoying.
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