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Hearing loss is about pitch as much as about volume. If it’s hard to understand the speech of a child or a woman, but you can still, mostly understand the men in the room, you may have some level of high-frequency hearing loss. This is a very common kind of hearing loss so you’re not alone.

high-frequency Hearing Loss Symptoms

With high-frequency hearing loss, consonant sounds that make conversations understandable, get muddled even though you might still be able to register the volume of a woman or a child’s voice. Usually the hardest to differentiate are consonant sounds like ch, th, t, soft s, c, sh, k, f, and h. Even though a woman or a child is not mumbling, it may sound that way. Comprehending a child’s joke or a family member’s question about dinner plans becomes very difficult because you have lost the ability to differentiate these sounds. This can result in frustration, depression and social isolation from your circle of family and friends.

People with high-frequency hearing loss also miss other sounds falling within the high-frequency range (2000 Hz and higher). This includes high musical notes, birds chirping, and squeaks or sirens. Even at low volumes a man’s voice, thunder, and bass musical notes, may be relatively easy to detect.

Causes of High-Frequency Hearing Loss

Frequently imperceptible in the beginning, high-frequency hearing loss, the most common type of hearing loss, can sneak up on you as you age. high-frequency hearing loss can be induced by other things in addition to aging like specific medical problems like cardiovascular disease, too much noise exposure, and various medications.

These scenarios all do damage to the tiny, hair-like sensory cells inside of the cochlea. It’s these tiny cells that pick up sound input and send it to the brain for processing. The higher pitched sounds are typically the first to be hard to understand because the high-frequency cells get damaged more easily than the lower pitched cells.

How to Prevent High-Frequency Hearing Loss

Although you can’t stop your ears from getting older, there are several steps you can take to prevent or at least slow the progress of high-frequency hearing loss. Including these:

  • If you take any medication, ask your doctor if it has any effect on hearing. high-frequency hearing loss can be triggered by at least 200 different kinds of medications. Your hearing can even be injured by too much aspirin. To discover if there are choices less likely to damage your hearing, consult your doctor. If you can’t avoid taking a particular medication, keep in close contact with your hearing care professional for regular hearing loss and balance testing. Additional hearing loss can be avoided by treatment.
  • Quieter things are better. Pick the quietest product by checking the noise rating of the appliances. If it’s difficult to hear your friends at dinner, don’t be hesitant to ask the manager to turn down the music.
  • When removing earwax, never use a swab or any other small object. This can jam old ear wax into your ear canal and dull your ability to hear. A hot shower is usually enough o drain exes earwax but if this doesn’t work ask your hearing professional for other ways to irrigate your ears.
  • In noisy situations, put in hearing protection. If you need to shout to be heard in a noisy setting, this is a certain indication the noise could hurt your hearing. Some examples of times when putting in ear-plugs are live music concerts, motorcycles revving, running power tools, and a loud music system. Noise-canceling earphones are also a good solution in certain circumstances, but might not fit in your pocket as easily as ear-plugs.
  • Your health is important so take care of it. Smoking can damage your hearing. Poor health, poor nutrition, or not enough exercise can also harm your hearing. Maintain your hearing by taking care of your general health.

Treatment For High-Frequency Hearing Loss

Hearing aids are presently the most effective method for treating high-frequency hearing loss. And there are numerous designs to choose from because this is the most prevalent kind of hearing loss. Hearing aids can boost high-pitched sounds so they are crisper to the listener. Several models can be configured and your hearing care expert can help fine-tune them to enhance your ability to hear those sounds at the correct level, directly addressing the level and degree of the hearing loss. Many hearing aids can be controlled by your phone and come with directional microphones for fine-tuning in circumstances like business meetings, restaurant dinners, talking on the phone or listening to children.

If you suspect that you may have high-frequency hearing loss, schedule a hearing exam. If you want to better your ability to hear your grandchild’s precious one-liner, chances are there are personally designed solutions for you.

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