One of the indicators of high-frequency hearing loss is the inability to hear women’s and children’s voice clearly. Women’s and children’s voices have a higher frequency than men’s voices – 165 to 255 Hz, instead of 85 to 180 Hz for men. Another factor that can make women’s and children’s voices more challenging to hear is that they are generally softer (less loud) than men’s voices. Although you may suspect that you have suffered a high-frequency hearing loss because you are having trouble hearing these voices, the only way to know for certain is to make an appointment for an exam.
If it turns out to be high-frequency hearing loss, you’re not alone; this is the most common form of hearing loss. It can be caused by aging, by genetics, by prolonged exposure to loud noises, and by certain diseases and drugs. But whatever the cause, the important thing is that as a result of technological advances, hearing loss can be treated.
Digital hearing aids are programmable to offer different levels of sound amplification and different frequencies. For example, a hearing aid properly adjusted for a person suffering from high-frequency hearing loss would separate those higher-pitched sounds and boost their volume, causing them to appear louder than lower-pitched sounds. Another treatment option is the use of open-fit hearing aids, which leave your ear canal open or partially open, so that low-frequency and mid-frequency sounds enter the ear normally, and only the high-frequency sounds are amplified. A third possibility for severe cases of high-frequency hearing loss is the placement of a cochlear implant. An implant is a much more expensive and invasive option requiring minor surgery, but it may be the best option in cases of nerve deafness or extreme industrial deafness.
But the first step to finding a solution to your hearing problem is to have an examination, and allow our specialists to determine what the nature of it actually is. Your hearing exam could reveal that your high-frequency hearing loss is caused by a treatable blockage such as a build up of ear wax and can be easily corrected.If you are currently having trouble hearing women’s and children’s voices, stop worrying about what might be causing it and make an appointment to get the true answer.