Haha! Good question. As I always say, everything is relative. You can't win. Arthur
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Just recently, went to the ear,nose and throat guy. (otolaryngologist) Had swimmer's ear. Since I was there already, I asked him to do an audiogram. My biggest fear on the way over, was that my hearing may have deteriorated in the "music zone." Well, I passed with flying colors. Infact, he said that I was a little above average. Hearing loss (like wearing glasses for reading, plus arthritis, the whole nine) comes with age. Like Betty Davis said: "Getting old is not for sissies." peace, warren
Seriously, much like color perception, everyone's frequency sensitivity is slightly different, but it really isn't that important. The ear feeds data to the brain and the brain can compensate for all but the most gross physical deficiencies. More important than strictly linear hearing response is our ability to comprehend harmonic information (the difference between tones) which is primarily a brain function. It also helps that with the exception of some percussion instruments, I don't think any instruments produce fundamental tones above 8kHz.