Are you or do you know someone who has a hard time understanding female voices or other high-pitch sounds? People who are experiencing this may be suffering from a hearing problem called high-frequency hearing loss. Read more to find out more about it, what causes this certain type of hearing problem, and what you can do to manage it.
What is High-Frequency Hearing Loss
High-frequency hearing loss is the difficulty of hearing sounds with frequencies of 2,000Hz or higher. People who have this usually find it hard to perceive women and children’s voices, birds chirping, beeping devices, treble tones in music, and other high-pitched sounds. They may also struggle comprehending words starting or ending with consonant letters like ‘s,’ ‘h’ & ‘f,’ which tend to be spoken at a higher pitch.
Because of these, high-frequency hearing loss patients have issues following conversations within large groups and noisy environments.
What Causes High-Frequency Hearing Loss
High-frequency hearing loss happens as a result of damage in the hair-like sensory hearing cells in your inner ear. People of all ages can develop this hearing issue for various reasons that follow.
Age-related high-frequency hearing loss is common among older adults and usually affects both ears. However, this is a slow process, which is why most people fail to notice it until more noticeable symptoms are spotted.
The health history of your family may also play a role in this. People are more susceptible to developing high-frequency hearing loss if they are related to someone who is experiencing the same condition.
Extremely loud sounds such as a gunshot or explosion can lead to high-frequency hearing loss. In the same way that constant exposure to excessive noises such as frequent usage of earphones can cause this hearing problem.
Certain diseases cause the development of high-frequency hearing loss. There’s Meniere’s disease, which is an inner-ear condition and otitis media, which is a middle-ear infection.
Some medications are ototoxic, causing harm to the inner part of the ear or the auditory nerve. Some known possible ototoxic medications include specific antibiotics and chemotherapy treatments.
How to Manage High-Frequency Hearing Loss
Unfortunately, high-frequency hearing loss is usually permanent. Thankfully though, hearing aids that target high-pitched sounds can be worn to manage this hearing issue. Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) type of hearing devices work well in amplifying frequencies that patients are having a hard time perceiving.
If you or you know someone who might be suffering from high-frequency hearing loss, it’s best to have it checked through a reliable hearing test. Audiogram tests indicate whether or not a patient is having difficulty comprehending high-pitch sounds.
Listening Lab Singapore offers accurate hearing evaluations. Schedule an appointment now and consult with our hearing specialists to find out what you can do to manage this condition.