Woman talking with her granddaughter at a pier now that she is not suffering from high-frequency hearing loss.

Hearing loss is about pitch as much as about volume. If you find it hard to comprehend the speech of a woman or a child, but you can still, for the most part, understand the men in the room, you may have some degree of high-frequency hearing loss. This is a very prevalent form of hearing loss so you’re not alone.

high-frequency Hearing Loss Symptoms

With high-frequency hearing loss, you may still be able to pick up the volume of a woman’s voice or a child’s voice, but consonant sounds that allow conversations to be easily understood, get muddled. Normally the hardest to differentiate are consonant sounds such as ch, th, t, soft s, c, sh, k, f, and h. Even though a woman or a child is not mumbling, it might sound that way. Understanding 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 cause frustration, despair and social isolation from your circle of friends and family.

People with high-frequency hearing loss also don’t hear other sounds falling within the high-frequency range (2000 Hz and higher). This includes birds chirping, high musical notes, sirens or squeaks. Even at low volumes a man’s voice, thunder, and bass musical notes, might be fairly easy to detect.

Reasons For High-Frequency Hearing Loss

Frequently imperceptible in the beginning, high-frequency hearing loss, the most common kind of hearing loss, can creep up on you as you age. Apart from growing older, excessive noise exposure, some medications and a variety of medical issues such as cardiovascular disease can result in high-frequency hearing loss.

These situations all harm to the tiny, hair-like sensory cells within the cochlea. Sound input is received by these tiny cells and sent to the brain for processing. The higher pitched sounds are commonly the first to become hard to understand because the high-frequency cells become injured more easily than the lower pitched cells.

How to Prevent High-Frequency Hearing Loss

You can do several things to slow or stop the progress of high-frequency hearing loss even though you can’t stop your ears from getting older. Including these:

  • When removing earwax, never use a swab or any other small object. Your ability to hear is blunted when you push old earwax against your eardrum. Carefully clean out excessive earwax with a rag when you’re done showering, or ask your hearing professional about other ear irrigation techniques for eliminating earwax without injuring your hearing.
  • Your health is important so take care of it. Smoking can injury your hearing. Poor health, poor nutrition, or lack of exercise can also harm your hearing. Preserve your hearing by taking care of your general health.
  • Seeking out quiet things. Select the quietest model by checking the noise rating of the appliances. And don’t be reluctant to ask the restaurant manager to turn down the music if it’s difficult to hear your friends at dinner.
  • If you take any medication, ask your doctor if it has any effect on hearing. At least 200 different kinds of medications can cause or worsen high-frequency hearing loss. Your hearing can even be harmed by high doses of aspirin. To learn if there are possibilities less likely to harm your hearing, consult your doctor. If you can’t avoid using a particular medication, stay in close contact with your hearing professional for regular hearing loss and balance testing. Additional hearing loss can be prevented by treatment.
  • In noisy situations, put in hearing protection.A definite indication that your ears might be getting injured is if you need to shout to be heard in a noisy location. Heavy traffic, motorcycles revving, power tool sounds, the loud stereo systems at movies or rock concerts are all examples of times when putting in the ear-protection is a good idea. Noise canceling headphone might not fit inside your pocket, but they are the best choice in some circumstances.

high-frequency Hearing Loss Treatment

Hearing aids are presently the most efficient method for treating high-frequency hearing loss. And since this is the most widespread kind of hearing loss, there are various different models a person can pick from. Hearing aids can augment high-pitched sounds so they are clearer to the user. You can directly address your level and extent of hearing loss by having your hearing care expert fine-tune your hearing aid to improve your ability to hear sounds at the correct level. Some hearing aids can be manipulated by your phone and include directional microphones for fine-tuning in situations such as business meetings, restaurant dinners, talking on the phone or listening to children.

Make an appointment for a hearing test if you suspect you may have high-frequency hearing loss. Odds are, there are individually-customized answers that can enhance your capacity to catch your grandchild’s priceless one-liners.