Why Can’t I Hear my Granddaughter’s Voice But I Can Hear Soft Sounds?

Woman talking with her granddaughter at a pier now that she is not suffering from high-frequency hearing loss.

Hearing loss isn’t exclusively about volume, it’s also about pitch. If it’s hard to comprehend the speech of a woman or a child, but you can still, mostly understand the men in the room, you could have some amount of high-frequency hearing loss. 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 may still be able to pick up on the volume of a woman or a child’s voice. Normally, consonant sounds such as t, th, ch, soft c, s, sh, f, k, and h are the hardest to differentiate. Even though a woman or a child is not mumbling, it might sound like they are. Comprehending a child’s joke or your loved ones question about dinner plans becomes very difficult because you have lost the ability to distinguish these sounds. This can cause frustration, despair and social isolation from your circle of friends and family.

Other sounds within the high-frequency hearing loss range (2000 Hz) are lost to people who have this condition. This includes birds chirping, high musical notes, sirens or squeaks. Even at low volumes a man’s voice, thunder, and bass musical notes, may be fairly easy to detect.

Reasons For High-Frequency Hearing Loss

As the most typical type of loss of hearing, high-frequency hearing loss can sneak up on people as they age, usually imperceptibly in the beginning. Apart from growing older, too much noise exposure, certain medications and a number of medical problems such as cardiovascular disease can lead to high-frequency hearing loss.

These scenarios all do damage 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 commonly the first to become hard to understand because the high-frequency cells become damaged more easily than the lower pitched cells.

high-frequency Hearing Loss, How to Prevent it

You can do several things to slow down or stop the progression of high-frequency hearing loss despite the fact that you can’t stop your ears from getting older. Some of these include:

  • Getting quiet things. Pick the quietest model by examining the noise rating of the appliances. And don’t be reluctant to ask the restaurant manager to turn down the music if it’s hard to hear your dinner companions.
  • If you use any medication, ask your doctor if it has any impact on hearing. high-frequency hearing loss can be caused by at least 200 different kinds of medications. Even too much aspirin can injure your hearing. To find out if there are choices less likely to damage your hearing, consult your doctor. Stay in close contact with your hearing health care provider if you can’t abstain from using a particular medication. Additional hearing loss can be prevented by treatment.
  • When eliminating earwax, never use a swab or any other small object. This can jam old ear wax into your ear canal and dull your capacity to hear. Gently wipe out excess earwax with a washcloth after you shower, or ask your hearing care specialist about other ear irrigation techniques for getting rid of earwax without damaging your hearing.
  • Your health is important so take good care of it. Smoking can damage your hearing. Poor health, poor nutrition, or not enough exercise can also harm your hearing. Try to take good care of your health in all ways and this can protect your hearing as well.
  • Wearing hearing protection in noisy settings.A definite sign that your ears could be getting damaged is if you have to shout to be heard in a noisy setting. Heavy traffic, motorcycles revving, power tool sounds, the loud sound systems at movie theaters or rock concerts are all good examples of occasions when popping in the ear-protection is a smart idea. Noise-canceling earphones are also a good solution in some situations, but might not fit in your pocket as easily as ear-plugs.

high-frequency Hearing Loss Treatment

Hearing aids are presently the most efficient method for dealing with high-frequency hearing loss. And because this is the most widespread type of hearing loss, there are many different models a person can choose from. Hearing aids can augment high-pitched sounds so they are clearer to the listener. Many models are configurable and your hearing professional can help fine-tune them to improve your ability to hear those sounds at the correct level, directly addressing the level and extent of the hearing loss. Many hearing aids can be manipulated by your phone and include 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 be dealing with high-frequency hearing loss, schedule a hearing test. Chances are, there are individually-tailored solutions that can improve your ability to hear your grandchild’s priceless one-liners.

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