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Why do some people hear the ‘Mosquito’ devices and older folks don’t?

On Sunday the SR ran a story on the plans by area downtown building managers to turn off, during Hoopfest, the “Mosquito” devices that were installed in the past year to deter loitering by young people.

If you care to dive a little deeper, here's a link to an overview summary of how those devices work. What makes them annoying to some, mostly younger people?

It's all about the hairs of one's inner ears.


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