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Teen Buzz Ring Tone

Is there a ring tone that adults can't hear?

The theory is that as people age, they lose the ability to hear high frequencies. The Teen Buzz or Mosquito ringtone is at a frequency that parents can't hear. You can use a high frequency sound as your ringtone and teachers in school won't be able to hear it. Enter your phone number and check it out!

An alarm from the British firm Compound Security Systems using ultra high sound to help shopkeepers disperse young people loitering in front of their stores has been hijacked to create inaudible classroom ringtones.

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NPR produced a program about the high-pitched ring tone:

The war between teens and authority figures has a new -- or old -- front: ears. British shopkeepers tired of teenage loiterers have turned to the Mosquito teen repellent, which emits a high-pitch frequency that most teenagers can hear -- but not most adults.

But now teens have struck back against the ultrasonic repellent: They are using the same sound to communicate without adults' knowledge.

At issue is a text-message ringtone that emits the same pitch as the Mosquito. Using it, students can learn about a new message while they're in class -- where they're not supposed to be using their cellphones. Most of their teachers can't hear the alert.

Inventor Howard Stapleton, creator of the high-pitched ring tone, says only a few people over age 30 can hear the Mosquito's sound. He and his 16-year-old daughter Isabel talk to Melissa Block about the sound, which has been dubbed "Teen Buzz (mp3)." Teens Turn 'Repeller' into Adult-Proof Ringtone.

Listen to Mosquito 17KHz MP3 or Mosquito 17KHz WAV.

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Revised: 01/20/2007