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Hearing loss is about pitch as much as about volume. It’s possible 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 children and women. This is a very common form of hearing loss so you’re not alone.

high-frequency Hearing Loss Warning Signs

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 most difficult 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. Understanding a child’s joke or your loved ones question about dinner plans becomes very difficult because you have lost the ability to differentiate these sounds. This can lead to frustration, depression and social isolation from your circle of friends and family.

People who have high-frequency hearing loss also miss other sounds falling within the high-frequency range (2000 Hz and higher). This includes birds chirping, high musical notes, sirens or squeaks. Low-frequency sounds such as bass musical notes, the rumble of thunder or a man’s voice may still be relatively easy to discern, even if the volume isn’t that loud.

Causes of High-Frequency Hearing Loss

Usually imperceptible at first, high-frequency hearing loss, the most common type of hearing loss, can creep up on you as you age. high-frequency hearing loss can be induced by other things besides aging such as some medical issues like cardiovascular disease, too much noise exposure, and several medications.

The little hair-like sensors within the cochlea are injured by all of these scenarios. Sound input is picked up by these tiny cells and sent to the brain for processing. The high-frequency sensory cells are more prone to injury than the low-frequency sensory cells, and this is why the higher-pitched sounds are usually the first to become difficult to comprehend.

How to Avoid High-Frequency Hearing Loss

You can take several steps to slow or stop the development of high-frequency hearing loss even though you can’t stop your ears from aging. Some of these include:

  • Taking good care of your general health. Your hearing can be injured by smoking. Poor health, poor nutrition, or lack of exercise can also hurt your hearing. Maintain your hearing by taking care of your general health.
  • Looking for quiet things. Look for noise ratings on appliances and pick the quietest versions. If it’s difficult to hear your friends at dinner, don’t be scared to ask the manager to turn down the music.
  • Never using a swab (or other small objects) to get rid of ear wax. This can push old ear wax into your ear canal and blunt your capacity to hear. Carefully clean out excessive earwax with a cloth after you shower, or ask your hearing care specialist about different ear irrigation techniques for removing earwax without injuring your hearing.
  • Ask your doctor about medications you use. At least 200 different kinds of medications will cause or worsen high-frequency hearing loss. Your hearing can even be injured by high doses of aspirin. consult your doctor to determine if there are options less likely to damage your hearing. Stay in close contact with your hearing health care provider if you can’t abstain from taking a particular medication. Additional hearing loss can be prevented by treatment.
  • medication hearing protection in noisy situations.A sure indication that your ears might be getting injured is if you have to shout to be heard in a noisy setting. Heavy traffic, engines revving, power tool sounds, the loud stereo systems at movies or rock concerts are all good examples of occasions when putting in the ear-plugs is a smart idea. Noise-canceling earphones are also a good solution in certain circumstances, but may not fit inside your pocket as easily as ear-plugs.

high-frequency Hearing Loss Treatment

Currently, the most reliable technique for treating high-frequency hearing loss is hearing aids. And because this is the most common type of hearing loss, there are various different designs a person can choose from. Hearing aids can augment high-pitched sounds so they are crisper to the user. You can directly address your level and degree of hearing loss by having your hearing care pro fine-tune your hearing aid to increase your ability to hear sounds at the correct level. For situations like talking on the phone, listening to children, having dinner at a restaurant, or business meetings several hearing aids can be controlled by your phone and have directional microphones for fine-tuning.

If you suspect that you may have high-frequency hearing loss, schedule a hearing test. If you would like to improve your ability to hear your grandchild’s priceless one-liner, chances are there are personally tailored solutions for you.

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