The AsapScience hearing test tells you how old your ears are. [VIDEO]

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If you’re like us, you haven’t heard the high tones of a hearing test since fifth grade. Remember how proud you were to raise your hand to the nice lady every few seconds to indicate that everything was coming loud and clear? Well, get ready to feel a lot less proud. The folks at AsapScience are here with a hearing test to show that even though you’re smarter than a fifth grader, you probably can’t hear as well as another.

The video begins with an 8,000Hz tone, which any hearing-impaired person under the age of 500 should be able to hear, and moves up the dial until it hits 19,000Hz, which you probably can’t hear unless to be under 20, or a dog. Why are hearing tests always made up of annoying screams rather than regular sounds? As the narrator explains, sound waves break and bend the hair cells that transmit sound through the ear canal. And it turns out that the treble-charged hair cells are the first to be affected by the incoming sound, so they’re the first to go. The older you are, the less disturbing the background noise of an airplane is because you simply cannot hear it.

Make sure you’re playing the video at 1080p (yes, sound quality is related to picture quality) and wearing headphones. You can change the resolution of the video by clicking on the small gear symbol at the bottom right of the screen. Or don’t watch the video at all, if you’d rather not find out that your ears are 12 years older than they should be, like mine. I knew those years as a roadie for GWAR would catch up with me.


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