A recent study has shown that about one in five adults experiences hearing loss. The most common type of hearing loss is high-frequency hearing loss, which can be caused by a variety of factors. In this blog post, we will discuss what causes high-frequency hearing loss and how it can be treated.
What are the symptoms associated with high-frequency hearing loss?
Symptoms include difficulty understanding speech when there is background noise; trouble recognising specific sounds like “s”, “the” or “f”; feeling as if people mumble; frustration due to not being able to understand conversations; and having ringing ears after exposure to loud noises, such as those from concerts or construction sites. If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional.
What causes high-frequency hearing loss?
Most likely, if you do suffer from this type of hearing loss, it’s due to noise exposure such as listening to loud music through headphones for extended periods of time, working in a noisy environment without ear protection (such as construction work) or being around heavy machinery regularly.
If someone suspects that they might have high-frequency hearing loss, what happens next?
First, the doctor will conduct a series of tests to measure your ability to hear different frequencies and noises. Then he or she will monitor whether the level at which you can interpret speech changes over time.
What kind of treatment options are available for those who suffer from high-frequency hearing loss?
Depending on the cause of your hearing loss, there are a few different treatment options that might be available to you. If the damage is due to exposure to loud noises, then wearing earplugs or other noise-cancelling headphones when in situations where noise levels are high can help protect your hearing.
If the root of the problem is age-related, then a hearing aid may be recommended which can amplify all sounds – including those in the higher frequency range. Finally, if it’s determined that there is an infection or obstruction affecting your ability to hear high frequencies, then antibiotics or surgery may be necessary.
No matter what type of high-frequency hearing loss you have, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Ignoring the problem will only make the effects worse over time.
What are some simple things that can be done to prevent high-frequency hearing loss?
There are a few basic steps you can take in order to avoid experiencing hearing loss or further damage to your ears: use earplugs when exposed to loud noises; limit exposure to excessively loud noise (for example, try not to turn up your headphones so loudly – this will save your ears); and have regular visits with an audiologist who specialises in diagnosing and treating hearing problems.
If possible, reduce stress levels as well since it has been shown that stress makes tinnitus more severe for those who suffer from it.