Presbycusis and the Mosquito ringtone

Science has progressed tremendously along with the movement of the passage of time and there are various new concepts that have come to the forefront. While human beings have accessible to the basic knowledge that is required for survival, there are various unknown or lesser known theories and ideas which have never been exploited.
The concept of presbycusis is not an unknown but an unfamiliar concept for many. but it is absolutely essential for one to have adequate knowledge regarding this concept in order to understand the founding premise of the Mosquito ringtone. The concept of presbycusis refers to a form of hearing disorder or gradual loss of hearing which affects all adult human beings.

Because of this loss in hearing capacity adult human beings are unable to hear high frequency sound waves, like those ranging between 18 to 20 KHz. It is interesting to note that while at an older age, this hearing loss is quite evident in individuals, it is not noticeable in young adults as normal human communication varies between 200 to 8000 hertz.

However, it is to be noted that this problem is not visible among young children and teenagers and therefore while adults are unable to listen to these high frequency sound waves, they are easily audible to children and teens. This is what is known as the principle pf presbycusis and needless to say it has a very important role to play in the development of the Mosquito ringtone.

Presbycusis and Mosquito ringtones


It was only in the first half of the 21st century, in 2005 that the British inventor Howard Stapleton conceived of the idea of the Mosquito ringtone. The idea behind this was to device a means by which it would be possible to keep the loitering teenagers away from the stores and shops in Britain.

The most significant aspect of this plan was to make sure that in this process the adult customers were not to be bothered for a moment. It was a difficult task to achieve. There was the concept of the ultrasonic dog repellent which referred to a means by which ultrasonic dog whistle sounded in order to keep off dogs and this concept had worked wonders.

But it was necessary to keep in mind that this method to keep off teens was to be implemented without affecting adults. The solution was provided by the concept of presbycusis. The Mosquito ringtone was a tone which produced high frequency sound waves ranging around 17.4 KHz which was beyond an adultís audible capacity. It was named so as the Mosquito ringtone produced a sound similar to that of the Buzzing sound produced by mosquitoes and it was believed that this constant annoying sound was good enough to irritate the youngsters and teenagers and thus force them to stay away form stores which had devised this system.

The implementation of the
Mosquito ringtone showed overwhelming results. It is the same concept of presbycusis which is the guiding force behind Teen Buzz which allows the teenagers to be alerted upon the receiving of text messages in the classroom oblivious to the teacher.
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