I turned 40 back in December. I had heard that the 40’s were great, and so far I have no complaints. In fact, I just realized one HUGE perk. I sleep better. Here’s why:
They say your hearing is the first to go, and you lose the higher ranges first.
I’m a light sleeper and I remember many sleepless nights, lying awake in my bed listening to a mosquito in the darkness. She would buzz near me, and I would swat wildly. Then I would listen. Silence…silence…silence…neeeeeeeeee. The high-pitched whine of the mosquito’s wings. Eventually I fall asleep and wake up with an itchy bump or three, but it’s always a losing battle. I would have happily thrown in the towel if I could have just willed myself to ignore the hum and go to sleep.
But it’s all over. Today I realized that in spite of this year’s bumper crop of mosquitos and all the itchy bumps, I have not heard the whine of a mosquito in at least 6 months! I can sleep in blissful ignorance while they drain me to their evil little hearts’ content.
Want to check your own hearing? The Online Tone Generator lets your test your own hearing range and then see how it compares to others in your age group. It also lets you test yourself on specific frequencies. I think 17,000 Hertz is the sound of a mosquito, but I could hear up to 16,000. How high can you hear?
Here’s something I want to try out: I read that dragonflies are natural predators of the mosquito, and their wings beat at 45-67 Hertz. Some claim that a tone generator in that range will repel mosquitos. You can get your computer to do it, and with the speakers turned way down low it’s really not bothersome. I’m going to use the tone generator linked above and try the dragonfly frequency on my phone as a portable personal mosquito repellent. Cool, yes?