Think back to those elementary school years when you’d put on a bulky set of headphones and were asked to raise your hand over the respective ear in which you heard a slight beeping sound.
It turns out that hair cells, a type of nerve cell in the ear charged with picking up these frequencies and transmitting them to our brain as sound, become damaged over the years and are less able to pick up higher frequencies.
Higher frequencies are the first to go because, as ASAP Science explained, because “the hairs tuned to high pitches are the first to encounter sound waves” and therefore tend to lose function sooner.
Take the test and learn more about hearing loss as people age (Note: Be sure to use headphones and watch in 1080p as ASAP Science suggests):
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