It was in a collection of short stories in an Alfred Hitchcock anthology I believe. In the story, the guy uses this listening device that can hear things below and above human hearing (he can hear the flowers being cut by a neighbor because they scream). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Roald Dahl's The Sound Machine

It was part of an anthology he wrote called "Someone Like You" which he published in 1953.

I remembered it as an episode of the 80s TV series "Tales of the Unexpected" which used a lot of his short stories.

People familiar with Dahl's kids books tend to be surprised that he also wrote of adult fiction, including horror.

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