Hearing Issues: High-Frequency Hearing Loss
‘Hearing Issues’ is our ongoing series where the MDHearingAid team goes in-depth on specific ear problems, hearing issues, and hearing aid terminology. We believe knowledge is power, and our aim is to help all our customers better understand their own hearing health. This time, the topic is high-frequency hearing loss.
What is high-frequency hearing loss?
People suffering from high-frequency hearing loss struggle with higher voices and sounds. This is a very common issue. In fact, losing the ability to hear higher frequencies (between 2,000 and 8,000 Hertz) tends to be the first sign of a hearing loss problem. This makes speech seem muffled, especially when women and children are speaking. Certain words might be harder to hear than others, and high beeping noises might completely be missed.
Many high-frequency hearing loss cases are considered age-related hearing loss, but it can also be caused by physical injury, genetics, or recent intense noise exposure.
How do I know if I have high-frequency hearing loss?
When it comes to this kind of hearing loss, look out for these signs:
- Muffled voices, especially if it’s clear to everyone else
- Unable to hear your wife, sister, daughter, or grandkids
- Struggling to understand s, f, and h syllables
- Unable to hear birds singing or your kitchen timer going off
If this sounds like what you’re experiencing, you might have high-frequency hearing loss and should go get your hearing tested. After your audiologist tests your hearing to see the range of frequencies you struggle with, you can take the next step of choosing treatments.
What are the treatments?
While there is no cure for this kind of hearing loss, there are many different treatments your audiologist might suggest.
That said, the most common treatment for high-frequency hearing loss is hearing aids. Even mild forms of hearing loss can be alleviated by using hearing aids in your everyday life. You see, hearing aids reduce the mental strain it takes to hear higher frequencies. Because your brain won’t be working overtime anymore, there’s less chance of headaches and better communication with your loved ones.
How do I prevent more hearing loss?
While hearing aids will help correct your hearing loss, you’ll still want to make changes to protect the hearing you have left. If you’re in high noise environments regularly (for instance, if you use loud equipment to do lawn work in the summer or use a snowblower in the winter), you should be wearing ear plugs or industrial earmuffs. Also, make a habit of lowering the volume on your headphones or earbuds. Little things like this can make a big difference for the future of your hearing.
How do I get started with hearing aids?
It’s a good idea to get your hearing checked. The hearing clinic or audiologist will play a series of tones and you’ll indicate when you hear them. If you tend to miss the higher tones, that’ll be a sign that you’re dealing with high-frequency hearing loss. The official test results will then confirm it.
While the hearing clinic might point you to their selection of hearing aids, you’re allowed to buy your hearing aids wherever you want. In fact, MDHearingAid cuts out the middleman, selling and shipping our doctor-designed hearing aids directly to customers in order to save you money.
After you have your hearing tested, send your results to our in-house audiologist through our contact form. She’ll respond soon and let you know the best MDHearingAid device for your specific needs. By being pro-active about getting hearing aids, managing high-frequency hearing loss is within your reach.
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