I’m an Adult?

You know you’re getting old when you cannot hear the high frequency “mosquito” ring tone.  The article I read says that as we age, we lose the ability to hear certain frequencies. The graph below shows the frequency loss and the corresponding age.

But, because I still think that I am young I think “Pfft!  I’m sure I can still hear it. Bring it on, Man!”  So I play it and what do I hear?  NOTHING.  I’m certain that the volume on my laptop isn’t on so I check and it’s on.  I play it again and I hear NOTHING.  Okay, I hear a little something but really not enough to be classified as a sound.  CRAP! I’m old – I’m freaking OLD!

It’s not enough that I had to the responsible thing and leave my fun job for one that will provide my family with more financial security and progress my career along.  It’s not enough that I have to put other and their wants before mine.  It’s not enough that I have to check the box that says that I’m over the age of 30.  But, now after NOT hearing the mosquito noise I have to admit that I am an adult and that I have lost some of my hearing.

What’s next?  Is my hair going to fall out?  Thankfully I don’t have age spots on my hands or face and I don’t have crow’s feet.  But those days are coming – they are a hair’s breath away!  I have been told that I don’t look my age and I certainly don’t act it.  Okay, maybe in certain circumstances that’s not such a good thing.  I swear that this is enough to send me into a mid-life crisis if I hadn’t had my one alloted one earlier.  Or, maybe that was my quarter-life crisis which means that I am certainly entitled to a mid-life crisis.

Source: New York Times, June 12, 2006

7 Comments so far

  1. Dave! (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 12:26 pm

    Phew, I’m still young! Although, that as a ringtone would annoy the piss out of me. It’s almost painful!

  2. steven (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 1:38 pm

    Woohoo! I’m 34 and still heard it. I KNEW I was immature!
    But Dave! is right….what a fucking annoying ringtone.

  3. Irene (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

    Where are you getting the ringtone from? I may be in denial, but I want to tripple check!

  4. Fuzzy (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

    Hmm… I’m 36 and can also hear it.

  5. Irene (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 7:11 pm

    HAH! Turns out that I CAN hear it! I tried it at home and I could hear it – maybe I couldn’t hear it over the office sounds. What a relief!

  6. Irene (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 7:15 pm

    Here is the link for those who are curious. http://www.fork.com/ringtones.php

  7. cw (unregistered) on June 14th, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    over 40 and I hear it too well… this must be a joke to scare aging X-ers

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