Episode 60 - BEEP BEEP

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Justin_Case001

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Hey.  Y'know what really grinds my gears?  How every Celestia-damned sound in the world has to be a high-pitched, ear-piercing beep.  Sirens, car horns, microwaves, smoke alarms, cash registers, f*ckin' every notification sound of any kind has to be an ear-shattering beep.  I know I've already done multiple noise-related entries, like restaurant music and screaming children, but I wanted to take a moment to complain about the broader problem of high-pitched beeping everywhere.

I have super sensitive hearing, and these kinds of sounds are so painful to me.  It's especially obnoxious in fast food type restaurants that have alarms that sound when ovens are done.  They're always like f*ckin' smoke alarms.  I've had to walk out of so many restaurants because I can't even stand there long enough to order.  I can't go frickin' anywhere, I swear.  Why does every sound have to be like that?!

And here's the thing--many lower octave sounds are much louder, but they don't hurt my ears at all.  The quintessential example for me is a thunderclap.  I used to live in a region notorious for violent, daily thunderstorms, and I have been outside on several occasions when lightning struck directly overhead.  That's a helluva lotta sound, I'll tell you.  You feel it in your chest.  But that doesn't hurt my ears at all.  Why can't they make alarms and sirens just have a lower register like that?

Like, here--okay, take the example of the beeping oven alarms in fast food restaurants.  How about this--y'know the sound that the lowest key on a piano makes if you hit it as hard as you can?  Make that the sound effect for the alarm.  Or a low-pitch tuba blast.  You wouldn't have any trouble hearing those, I'll tell ya, and they wouldn't hurt my ears at all.  Why's it always gotta be this f*ckin' needle-in-your-eardrum screaming beep?!  Drives me insane.

And, like, how 'bout, make emergency vehicles do this:

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That wouldn't bother me a bit.

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The reason high frequencies are used is to have it more audible and because it needs a smaller speaker (just look at the size difference between a double bass and a violin). Your proposed sound would probably require a transducer that's at least 50cm wide and it would be less audible over engine noise.

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On 3/9/2020 at 12:56 PM, Pentium100 said:

The reason high frequencies are used is to have it more audible and because it needs a smaller speaker (just look at the size difference between a double bass and a violin). Your proposed sound would probably require a transducer that's at least 50cm wide and it would be less audible over engine noise.

Yeah, that's true.  But there's no reason why fast food restaurant ovens have to have the frickin' fire alarms beeps.  Our microwave has a little musical jingle instead of an obnoxious beep, and it's just a tiny little speaker.  It's sorta like an 8-bit NES music jingle, and it's perfectly audible.  I don't see why fast food places couldn't do that.  The employees are standing right next to it.  Does it really have to be a fire alarm?!

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Just now, Justin_Case001 said:

Our microwave has a little musical jingle instead of an obnoxious beep, and it's just a tiny little speaker.

It's more expensive. Only a tinybit more expensive, but that is also the reason why a lot of devices have low quality capacitors that fail soon.

My microwave oven just beeps. Every time I press a button and four times when the timer runs out.

1 minute ago, Justin_Case001 said:

Does it really have to be a fire alarm?!

Yes, the fast food place can probably be quite noisy some times (the place is full of people etc). Those times would also usually be when the employees are distracted the most and need the sound.

I understood that you are mostly complaining about the volume, not the sound itself. I mean if it was two or three tone but at the same dB level, would it be better for you?

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