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How old are your ears?


A free, online hearing test that lasts all of two minutes is going viral on YouTube.

The video has more than three million views and claims to be able to tell you how old your ears are by playing sounds at different frequencies. With the number of views continuing to grow, it seems people are curious if this two minute hearing test could save them from a trip to the ear doctor or send them there.

"As we grow older, we often lose the extreme ends of our hearing spectrum. So how many of the following sounds can you hear," the video asks.

The creators of this video, AsapSCIENCE, said to get the most accurate results, you really need to watch and listen using 1080p headsets.

"Okay, if you can hear 8,000 Hz, you are both alive and not hearing impaired, but let's keep raising the frequency," the video says as the sounds continue to play.

Many viewers commented that they were having trouble hearing sounds above 8,000 Hz and were younger than the average age AsapScience had listed. So, should they be worried?

We played this video for Trinity Clinic Audiologist Phyllis Trotter to find out, and by the look on her face we could tell there might be some doubt.

"Those high frequencies, only a dog would hear anyway. The normal audiogram, we test from 250 Hz and the maximum we go is 8,000. This test starts at 8,000 Hz. We don't even test in a soundproof room with headphones, anything above 8000 Hz. He was going higher from 8,000 to 20,000 Hz, which is not the typical normal everyday sounds that anyone would hear," explains Dr. Trotter. 

So, is there any truth to this video? Dr. Trotter said if you hang on until the end, the information is factual.

"In your ear there are thousands of tiny nerve cells called hair cells. These are responsible for picking up different frequencies and sending the signal to the brain where it's processed. As you age, the continual exposure to the noise and loud sounds can break, bend, and destroy these cells," the video explained.

"The damage to the hair cell, once it's damaged it's irreversible. The normal person will lose hearing because of age. Then, we start losing more of the other pitches due to noise exposure and things like that," Dr. Trotter said. 

So, Dr. Trotter said if you want to take the test for fun go for it, but if you really are concerned by your hearing, visiting your audiologist is the best way to go.

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