For some of you...YES! For me...it just makes me sad.
I had my 13 year old son, Nick, join me downstairs where my refurbished Large Advents reside and do the test, and also using the neat NCH Swift Sound "Tone Generator" program which also verified Nick's hearing to past 16Khz and his constant asking me, "What, Dad, you can't hear that"? My tearful response, NO!!!!!
At least I know the Advents can still produce THOSE upper frequencies. Nick has become my new mastering engineer for all my local school recording projects. I can still verify the hall noise levels. There's a big "whoop"!
There is probably not a loudspeaker that would be deemed "too bright sounding" for me at this point. I guess another pair of those new Triangle Comete's AD reviewed are right up my alley.
Unfortunately by 25 or so he also will no longer hear these tones. It's just the way it is.
Keep in mind however that the best mastering engineers are also old enough that they can't hear these tones either and still produce spectacular recordings.
When I can't hear the 4khz and above tones my son can it is very sad...especially to love music and the recording of it like I do.
Just the luck of the draw.
Agreed. It sucks.
I just know for certain that you can continue to enjoy both music and recording.
Music is still wonderful, yes?
Luckily I am still in the range of my favorite instrument, the Piano, so I can still enjoy music. I will miss the harmonic content and really miss the degree of resolution that most great CD and LP/Cart combos can provide most of you.
I still see the glass as over half full, because I still can hear. My audio conversations start with, "I hope you are taking care of your hearing?" Being in School I can impact many young people who are on the verge of not doing just that.
I still enjoy reading about all the highend gear, the people who make the music we all enjoy, the people who take care recording it, and in the near future, watching MF's video of disc cutters in action.
This is a special time to care about audio. To think in this MP3 generation that there are still people(manufacturers) who care enough to invest mucho dollars to help us hear "more", when all others (most) want is faster downloads of low resolution material. Go figure.
I think there is more to how well you can hear than "just" frequency response, so keep up the Hi Fi fight!
There is a famous tale (urban legend?) that Thomas Edison, though quite hearing impaired, was extremely acute at hearing odd order distortion products, and was therefore quite an astute listener/critic of reproduced sound.
I bet you are hearing more than you think.
With regard to those online hearing tests...I took one posted by JA and made it to 18K...then I thought the 19K tone must be broken because I sure used to be able to hear that...and so I turned up the volume until I heard...the popping of my tweeters as they died...and had to send Infinity some money for two new tweeters!