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Hearing loss is about pitch as much as volume. It’s conceivable you have some level of high-frequency hearing loss if you can comprehend what the men in the room are saying but you can’t hear women and children. You’re not alone…this is the most common form of hearing loss.

Warning Signs of High-Frequency Hearing Loss

With high-frequency hearing loss, consonant sounds that make conversations understandable, get muddled even though you may still be able to pick up on the volume of a woman or a child’s voice. Normally 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 like they are. 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. Separation from friends and family, sadness, and frustration can be the result.

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

Reasons For High-Frequency Hearing Loss

Usually imperceptible at first, high-frequency hearing loss, the most prevalent kind of hearing loss, can sneak up on you as you get older. In addition to aging, excessive noise exposure, certain medications and a variety of medical problems including cardiovascular disease can result in high-frequency hearing loss.

These scenarios all harm to the little, hair-like sensory cells within the cochlea. It’s these little cells that pick up sound input and send it to the brain for processing. The high-frequency sensory cells are more sensitive to damage than the low-frequency sensory cells, and this is why the higher-pitched sounds are often the first to become difficult to understand.

high-frequency Hearing Loss, How to Avoid it

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

  • Quieter things are more ideal. Look for noise ratings on appliances and pick the quietest versions. If it’s difficult to hear your friends at dinner, don’t be afraid to ask the manager to turn the music down.
  • If you use any medication, ask your doctor if it has any impact on hearing. At least 200 different kinds of medications will cause or worsen high-frequency hearing loss. Your hearing can even be harmed by high doses of aspirin. To discover if there are choices less likely to damage your hearing, consult your doctor. If you can’t avoid taking a specific medication, keep in close communication with your hearing professional for regular hearing loss and balance testing. Treating hearing loss early can help prevent further loss.
  • 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.
  • Never utilizing a swab (or other small objects) to take out ear wax. This can push old ear wax into your ear canal and blunt your ability to hear. A hot shower is usually enough o drain exes earwax but if this doesn’t work ask your hearing care professional for other methods of irrigating your ears.
  • In noisy circumstances, use hearing protection.A certain sign that your ears might be getting damaged is if you need to shout to be heard in a loud setting. Some instances of times when using ear-plugs are rock concerts, motorcycles revving, running power tools, and a loud stereo. Noise-canceling earphones are also a good option in some scenarios, but might not fit in your pocket as easily as ear-plugs.

high-frequency Hearing Loss Treatment

Hearing aids are presently the most effective method for treating high-frequency hearing loss. And since this is the most common kind of hearing loss, there are many different models a person can pick from. Hearing aids can augment high-pitched sounds so they are clearer to the user. Many models are configurable and your hearing professional can help fine-tune them to increase your ability to hear those sounds at the correct level, directly addressing the level and extent of the hearing loss. For circumstances such as talking on the phone, listening to children, having dinner at a restaurant, or business meetings several hearing aids can be manipulated by your phone and have directional microphones for fine-tuning.

If you suspect that you may have high-frequency hearing loss, schedule a hearing exam. Odds are, there are personally-tailored solutions that can increase your capacity to hear your grandchild’s priceless one-liners.