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What is high frequency hearing loss?

Hearing conditions can present themselves in a variety of ways, from the gradual changes of presbycusis in older age, to the persistent internal ringing of tinnitus. Another particular hearing impairment is high frequency hearing loss, which can develop over the course of several years, if not decades.

It can make it difficult to hear clearly, particularly when it comes to deciphering speech, whether you’re conversing with loved ones or watching your favourite TV show. Here, we take a closer look at some of the characteristics of the condition and how it can be treated.

High-frequency issues 

As the name suggests, people with this type of hearing loss cannot make out higher frequency sounds in the 2,000 to 8,000 Hertz range1. What this translates to is a difficulty hearing certain letters of the alphabet such as F, S, H, or K, as well as sometimes clearly hearing female voices,

It is caused by damage sustained to the sensitive hair cells in our inner ear. As higher frequency sounds picked up in the lower part of the cochlear, it means that our ability to hear this frequency range is most likely to impacted before that of lower frequencies, explains Healthy Hearing1.

What causes high frequency hearing loss? 

There are a number of reasons a person may develop high-frequency hearing loss. Some are not preventable, such as hereditary factors, and the ageing process, as well as Meniere’s disease1. However, it can also be the result of overexposure to loud noise, which you can be proactive about at any stage of your life.

If you or someone you love seems to be having difficulty hearing clearly, or have begun to complain about people mumbling and sounds appearing muffled, it could be a sign of high frequency hearing loss. Fortunately, the condition can be treated with the use of a hearing aid. To find out more, you can click here or call 1300 674 934 to request a no cost* hearing check-up with Adelaide Digital Hearing Solutions.

1Healthy Hearing, Understanding high-frequency hearing loss. Accessed February, 2016.

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