Deep down we all know we shouldn’t crank our music or listen to headphones with the volume really high, but we still do. And if we’ve ever wondered if years of hard rock have done any serious damage, this website provides an easy way to find out.
Over time what’s known as hair cells in our ears are slowly damaged by constant use. And not just by loud music either, from everyday wear and tear too. The hair cells closest to our ear canal are the ones responsible for detecting higher frequencies, and they’re usually the first to go. So we can get an approximate idea of how much hearing we’ve already lost by listening to various high frequencies.
Headphones are definitely recommended here since our laptop’s or tablet’s speakers probably don’t have the highest fidelity. And don’t worry, there are no failures on this test, just a heap of guilt for not turning down our music back when our parents told us too.
ps: turning the volume up does not change anything and won’t help your hair cells 😉