Blind Testing a 11kHz Upper Hearing Limit

Change the target frequency here:  10kHz  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20kHz


This blind test helps you assess the upper limit of your hearing frequency range. This test is an extension of our High Frequency Response and Hearing Test.

While both tests measure the same limit, the blind test will give you results that are probably closer to your real life listening experience. Instead of generating a pure sine sweep such as in our initial test, we are now using white noise. Noise induces a masking effect: the sound produced in your audible range will now mask the frequencies located at the very edge of your hearing range, reducing your audible frequency range.

Using noise also minimizes the side effects of aliasing (by masking the aliased frequencies as well).

Files being tested

Full Range <11kHz
The first one plays back full range white noise, with frequencies extending up to 22 kHz. The second file plays back a low-pass filtered noise, with no sonic content above 11 kHz. Listen to both files: if you think you can hear a difference try the test below, otherwise pick a lower cutoff frequency (change the target value on top of this page).

The Test

For each column, tick the appropriate radio button. When you have labeled all 10 files, click the "Submit" button to obtain your score. Reload the page as often as you want to perform new tests.

 Full Range  

If you didn't pass this test with a score equal to 9 or higher, you possibly reached the limit of your hearing.

Upon failure, lower the frequency: 10kHz ...
Otherwise, increase the limit: 12kHz 13kHz 14kHz 15kHz 16kHz 17kHz 18kHz 19kHz 20kHz !

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