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

high-frequency Hearing Loss Symptoms

With high-frequency hearing loss, consonant sounds that allow conversations to be understood, get muddled even though you might still be able to pick up on the volume of a woman or a child’s voice. Normally, consonant sounds like t, th, ch, soft c, s, sh, f, k, and h are the most difficult to pick out. So, it may sound like a woman or child is mumbling, even though they aren’t. 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 lead to frustration, sadness and social isolation from your circle of family and friends.

Other sounds within the high-frequency hearing loss range (2000 Hz) are missed by people who have this problem. This includes birds chirping, high musical notes, whistles or squeaks. Low-frequency sounds like bass musical notes, the rumble of thunder or a man’s voice might still be quite easy to discern, even if the volume isn’t that loud.

Reasons For High-Frequency Hearing Loss

As the most widespread type of loss of hearing, high-frequency hearing loss can creep up on people as they get older, usually imperceptibly at first. high-frequency hearing loss can be triggered by other things besides aging such as certain medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, too much noise exposure, and several medications.

These situations all harm to the tiny, hair-like sensory cells inside the cochlea. It’s these little cells that pick up sound input and send it to the brain for processing. The higher pitched sounds are usually the first to be difficult to understand because the high-frequency cells become damaged more easily than the lower pitched cells.

How to Prevent High-Frequency Hearing Loss

You can take several steps to slow down or stop the progression of high-frequency hearing loss despite the fact that you can’t stop your ears from aging. Including these:

  • Never utilizing a swab (or other small objects) to remove ear wax. Your capacity to hear becomes blunted when you jam old earwax against your eardrum. Gently wipe out excessive earwax with a washcloth when you’re done showering, or ask your hearing care specialist about different ear irrigation techniques for eliminating earwax without injuring your hearing.
  • Taking good care of your general health. Smoking can harm your hearing. Your hearing can also be damaged by poor health due to poor nutrition. Try to take good care of your health in all aspects and this will safeguard your hearing also.
  • Ask your doctor about medications you take. At least 200 different kinds of medications can cause or worsen high-frequency hearing loss. Even too much aspirin can damage your hearing. To find out if there are options less likely to injure your hearing, check with your doctor. Stay in close touch with your hearing health care provider if you can’t avoid using a particular medication. Getting treatment for hearing loss early can help avoid further loss.
  • Seeking out quiet things. Find the quietest model by examining the noise rating of the appliances. If it’s tough to hear your dinner companions, don’t be afraid to ask the manager to turn the music down.
  • In loud spaces, wear hearing protection.A certain indication that your ears could be getting injured is if you have to shout to be heard in a noisy environment. Heavy traffic, motorcycles revving, power tools running, the loud stereo systems at movies or rock concerts are all examples of instances when putting in the ear-plugs is a smart idea. Noise-canceling headphones are also a good solution in some scenarios, but might not fit inside your pocket as easily as ear-plugs.

Treatment For High-Frequency Hearing Loss

At this time, the most reliable strategy for managing high-frequency hearing loss is hearing aids. And since this is the most widespread kind of hearing loss, there are many different models a person can choose from. So that they are crisper to the listener, hearing aids can augment high pitched sounds. 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 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 examination. Odds are, there are personally-customized solutions that can increase your ability to hear your grandchild’s precious one-liners.

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