What is your hearing range?

Humans can generally hear sounds with frequencies between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz (the audio range or hearing range) although this range varies significantly with age, occupational hearing damage, and gender. The majority of people can no longer hear 20,000 Hz by the time they are teenagers, and progressively lose the ability to hear higher frequencies as they get older.

Most human speech communication takes place between 200 and 8,000 Hz and the human ear is most sensitive to frequencies around 1,000-3,500 Hz.

Sound above the hearing range is known as ultrasound, and that below the hearing range as infrasound.

On this page you can experience different frequency sounds. While listening to different sounds you may assess or test your hearing range. Taking the test is easy for people of any age. Before taking the test you should do some preparations:

  • To do the test your computer must have a properly functioning sound card (most computers have them) and earphones attached. Please use earphones. A loudspeaker may falsify the results.
  • The test should be carried out in a quiet location.
  • Adjust the volume control on your computer so that you can hear the following test tone normally.

When you are ready you can listen to different frequency sounds by clicking on the appropriate Hz links.

Remember, this page is NOT a professional hearing test page. Our aim is simply to give you the possibility to experience different frequency sounds (and have a bit of fun while assessing your hearing range).

If after the test you suspect a hearing loss you may want to contact a hearing care professional.