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    Say the whole thing Wheeljak's Avatar
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    Can you hear this sound?

    This is a new ringtone that's being marketed to kids so they can exchange text messages in class without their teacher noticing. It's based on the idea that as you age, you become less able to hear high-frequency sounds. They call it "The Mosquito Ringtone". I played it on my computer. I could hear it, alright... and I'm kinda sorry that I did. It kind of hurt my ears, and to me, it sounded a lot like that horrible ringing I used to get in my ears after I'd spent a night clubbing.
    Here is the link; see if you can hear it.
    http://www.freemosquitoringtone.com/...FQqXHgodGBm_wQ
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    yeah, thats a extremely high frequency sound. I'm an audiology major.. so I deal with all sounds from low to high..


    I would say that yes, the teach probably won't be able to hear it, but if its a women, she might can hear it.
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    I have a slightly different theory on the thing.

    Yes, as you age your hearing degrades, this is a fact for most (but not all people). Here at work (adobe), me and one other guy can hear it and the rest of the people who work with us cannot. The other people just kept looking at us like "You guys are nuts, there's no sound in that mp3, it's just blank."

    Then yesterday I showed it to a woman who sits by me whos in her mid 50's. She could hear it, although she shouldn't be able to. I found this extremely weird, but she always claims to have good hearing. So we were talking about it a bit more and we found out we both have tinitis. For those of you who don't know what this is, when it's completely silent, it's never completely silent for me. In fact complete silence sucks because all I'm able to hear is a sound *exactly* like what that ringtone has in it.

    So I wonder if, besides the general aging killing your hearing to start with, if tinitis makes is so that a person might be able to hear the high pitched sound no matter what.

    Just a thought.

    there we go, just right. keep walking...

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    Harm I'm with you. I've always had a skewed hearing range (I sometimes have difficulty hearing men's voices when they're deep, and part of the reason I can't stand a lot of music is because the bass hurts my ears). But I can hear electricity -- I can "hear" the high pitched sound of technology being on from rooms away, or the current when a light switch is thrown. I wonder if I have tinitis? I've never heard of that (no pun intended).

    Anyway, I can totally hear it, and not in an uncomfortable way either. It actually sounds almost mid-range to me. My cats heard it too, just for reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistress M
    Anyway, I can totally hear it, and not in an uncomfortable way either. It actually sounds almost mid-range to me. My cats heard it too, just for reference.
    How did the cats react? Did it scare them, or did they just flick their ears like they sometimes do when they hear something they don't hear often?
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    Man, that's high pitched. I really couldn't hear it until I set the volume above medium. That is too wild.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheeljak
    How did the cats react? Did it scare them, or did they just flick their ears like they sometimes do when they hear something they don't hear often?
    They just perked up and looked at the speakers. And then became disinterested again.
    “Sometimes we just need someone to show us something we can’t see for ourselves.”

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    Its kind of like PTC paper. Some people can taste it, some can't all depending on genetics. I'm sorry to say that I can taste it.

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    Yeah, i dcan hear the noise, even on very low....
    I have had both my ear drums busted as a child, and have always had a ringing in the ears (tinnitus?)
    I figured it was because i was always around electronics.....
    And notice i say huh a lot... because where i work, people have a tendency to mumble a lot...
    As long as i can see the lips, i can hear what you are saying.. i get that from my dad

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    Yes, tinitus is the ringing in the ears thing.

    Unfortunately, though, you should be able to hear the sound anyways because you are still so young...

    there we go, just right. keep walking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harmeister
    Yes, tinitus is the ringing in the ears thing.

    Unfortunately, though, you should be able to hear the sound anyways because you are still so young...

    gawsh, you make me feel like i am 14 or something

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    I couldn't hear anything - turned up the volume in media player and my speakers - nothing for me... maybe all those years around army trucks...
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    I didn't hear anything...at least, I think I didn't.

    I did hear something that sounded like soft clicking when I turned the volume up a bit. Does that sound right?
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    No, that's not right.

    But you have no idea how many people who can't hear it have said that (it's just static on the speakers at that point)

    there we go, just right. keep walking...

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    I think the sound was originally used by people to stop teenagers loitering in certain places, like those things you can get to scare dogs away.

    That's why the people who can hear it say they cant stand it.

    I heard on the radio that it was just some smart ass kid who worked out that it could be used as a ring tone.
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    yup, fd, that's what happened.

    It was originally sold to shop owners to keep kids loitering. It'd keep me away from the store, that's for sure (and I'm 31)

    there we go, just right. keep walking...

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    I can't hear it.
    Neither of my cats can hear it either.
    My 14-year-old can't hear it. I played it 3 times for him.

    All we hear is humming, no ringing of any kind.

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    Heard it! But none of the other nurses did.

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    And for the record I can hear it and it's annoying as hell
    IF YOU CANT BEAT THEM, AVOID THEM FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

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    there we go, just right. keep walking...

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