TikTok high-frequency hearing test reveals your ‘hearing age’

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A new TikTok video reveals how “old” your hearing is, and it has some listeners worried.

The video, shared by an American fitness trainer Justin Augustine uses a piercing tone, paired with a Hertz frequency to show at what age your ear begins to hear. You can watch and listen to the video above.

During sound playback, two numbers appear on the screen. The first indicates the age, which decreases from 88 years, and the second is the frequency, which decreases from 20,818 hertz.

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For most middle-aged people, sounds won’t be able to be heard until around age 42, or Hertz frequencies around 14,000. (TikTok / @justin_augustin)

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According to the test, the age at which you start to hear the sound proves the age of your hearing.

Australiathe Australian subsidiary of the world’s largest hearing aid retailer, notes that middle-aged people can typically expect to hear up to 14,000Hz.

For a healthy young person, however, the hearing range can reach 20,000 Hz.

Ampliphon warns that in terms of decibel range, a normal hearing range is between 0 and 185 decibels, although 85 decibels (316,227,766 Hz) is considered too damaging to hear repeatedly and for too long, which should therefore be avoided.

According Decibel Hearingexposure to 85 decibel sound can cause high frequency hearing damage within eight hours.

TikToker reveals a trick for how "old" your hearing is.
For a healthy young person, the hearing range is up to 20,000 Hz. (TikTok / @justin_augustin)

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Since age-related hearing loss is perfectly common and develops naturally with age, tests like TikTok’s are readily developed to help us track our hearing.

When it comes to hearing high frequencies, Decibel Hearing note that anything above 17,400 Hz is hard to hear for people over 18.

Naturally, TikTokers have become incredibly interested in the hearing test, with the video now reaching 1.5 million views.

While some celebrated quite young “hearing ages” despite their advanced age, others shared disturbing results.

“Forty-six to 15…uh, that’s probably not good news,” wrote one anxious user.

“I hear at 43 and I’m 27,” another shared.

One user shared a rather concerning result, but put users at ease when he shared a little more context.

“My ears are 88,” they wrote.

“But I don’t have my hearing aids. My cat is going crazy trying to ‘find’ the noise!” they joked.

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