Why Can’t I Hear my Granddaughter’s Voice But I Can Hear Quiet 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 about pitch. It’s likely you have some amount of high-frequency hearing loss if you can understand what the men in the room are saying but you can’t hear children and women. You’re not alone…this is the most common kind of hearing loss.

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. Usually the hardest to differentiate are consonant sounds such as ch, th, t, soft s, c, sh, k, f, and h. Even though a woman or a child is not mumbling, it may sound like they are. Losing the ability to distinguish these sounds makes it very difficult to understand a child’s joke or your sister’s question about dinner plans. This can cause 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 condition. This includes high musical notes, birds chirping, and squeaks or whistles. Low-frequency sounds such as bass musical notes, the rumble of thunder or a man’s voice may still be relatively easy to detect, even if the volume isn’t very loud.

Causes of High-Frequency Hearing Loss

As the most typical type of loss of hearing, high-frequency hearing loss can sneak up on people as they get older, often imperceptibly at first. high-frequency hearing loss can be induced by other things besides aging like particular medical disorders like cardiovascular disease, too much noise exposure, and several medications.

These scenarios all harm to the little, hair-like sensory cells within the cochlea. Sound input is received by these tiny cells and sent to the brain for processing. The higher pitched sounds are usually the first to be hard to understand because the high-frequency cells become damaged more easily than the lower pitched cells.

How to Avoid High-Frequency Hearing Loss

Even though you can’t stop your ears from getting older, there are many things you can do to stop or at least slow down the progress of high-frequency hearing loss. Some of these include:

  • If you take any medication, ask your doctor if it has any impact on hearing. high-frequency hearing loss can be triggered by at least 200 different kinds of medications. Even aspirin at high doses can harm your hearing. To learn if there are options less likely to injure your hearing, consult your doctor. If you can’t avoid using a specific medication, keep in close contact with your hearing care specialist for regular hearing loss and balance testing. Dealing with hearing loss early can help prevent further loss.
  • Wearing hearing protection in noisy locations. If you have to shout to be heard in a loud setting, this is a sure sign the noise might hurt your hearing. Some examples of occasions when using ear protection are rock concerts, engines revving, power tools running, and a loud music system. Noise canceling earphone may not fit in your pocket, but they are the best solution in some scenarios.
  • Your health is important so take good care of it. Your hearing can be injured by smoking. 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 will safeguard your hearing also.
  • Quieter things are more ideal. Find noise ratings on appliances and select the quietest products. If it’s tough to hear your dinner companions, don’t be scared to ask the manager to turn the music down.
  • Never utilizing a swab (or other small objects) to remove ear wax. Your ability to hear becomes blunted when you push old earwax against your eardrum. A hot shower is usually enough o get rid of exes earwax but if this doesn’t work ask your hearing professional for other methods of irrigating your ears.

high-frequency Hearing Loss Treatment

Currently, the most reliable method for treating high-frequency hearing loss is hearing aids. And because this is the most widespread kind of hearing loss, there are many different designs a person can pick from. Hearing aids can enhance high-pitched sounds so they are clearer to the listener. You can immediately address your level and degree of hearing loss by having your hearing care pro fine-tune your hearing aid to improve your ability to hear sounds at the correct level. For situations such as talking on the phone, listening to children, having dinner at a restaurant, or business meetings many hearing aids can be controlled by your phone and have directional microphones for fine-tuning.

Schedule a hearing test if you suspect you might have high-frequency hearing loss. If you want to better your ability to hear your grandchild’s precious one-liner, chances are there are personally designed answers for you.

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