QUIZ: Do You Have Tinnitus or Is It Just a Frat Boy Screaming Outside Your Window in the Nighttime?

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Wow—it sure sounds loud outside for 2 am on a cold winter night! It seems impossible that humans could be making such a ruckus outside at this time. The sound must be occurring because you, like 15% of the U.S. population, have tinnitus, NOT because a pack of loud frat boys are yelling at the moon, right? Wrong. Despite what logic tells you, it's unclear whether your tinnitus or members of a nearby fraternity are causing the noise. Take this quiz to figure out which it is.

1. Did the screeching begin just after the song "Mr. Brightside" by the Killers finished playing?

a) yes

b) no

2. Does the screeching convey a fragile masculine energy?

a) yes

b) no

3. Do the screeches sound like the phrase "beer is the best?"

a) yes

b) no

4.  Does the screeching bother you so much that you feel like you need to call the cops immediately?

a) yes

 b) no

If you answered mostly yes, it's probably a frat boy. 

If you answered mostly no, it's probably be tinnitus.

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