What on-line color and hearing tests may reveal

As part of our multi-media class, we were instructed to go to the following sites and take color and hearing tests:    http://www.xrite.com/online-color-test-challenge              http://myhearingtest.net/

I fully expected to ace the color test, as I am an artist and have spent a lifetime exploring the subtleties of colors. Surprised was I to score an eleven out of 100, with zero being perfect. It seems that pinks and turquoises are my Achilles’  heel, but then they are my least favorite colors, so maybe that is why I avoid them–I really don’t see them a well.

The hearing test was no surprise, as I have made a few visits to audiologists over the years  and the results were similar. A lifetime of playing musical instruments and running power tools without always wearing hearing protection has diminished my 4k and 8k (higher tones) ability to within the moderate hearing loss range. This means that I have difficulty with consonants and that can make some conversations tricky. Ds can sound like Ts or Ps; sometimes what I hear is a pretty funny variation of what was spoken. This is only a problem if I am at a party or conversing with a mumbler, or trying to hear someone from the other room. Fortunately, my hearing is normal for the other ranges, 250 to 2k.

How will these audio-visual weaknesses affect my ability to edit audio and visual pieces? Thanks to volume buttons and highlighted screens, I’m hoping not much. Taking these tests was informative; I can see where they might be very helpful for young musicians or  who regularly expose themselves to loud music. By monitoring their hearing loss, they may be inspired to take precautions before becoming stone deaf.

2 thoughts on “What on-line color and hearing tests may reveal

  1. This was a fascinating little challenge. A visual artist as well, I was surprised to score a 28, with deficiencies in the color ranges yellow-green to blue-purple, and best clarity among the reds. My favorite colors are greens and blue-greens, which fall into my lower acuity range. I may try to take it a second time to see if anything changes. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Our professor wanted us to take it before we made assumptions about other people’s color vision in designing our videos and blog posts. It turns out that a lot of males are color blind, or close to it. The genetic defect that cause color blindness is found on the y chromosome. My color vision was pretty good; I’ve spent a lifetime studying the subtleties of color as a painter. My hearing was a little more challenged.
      Thanks for your comments.

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