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What is high-frequency hearing loss?

High-frequency hearing loss refers to having difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds. A notable consequence of this is that consonants become difficult to hear, meaning that others may sound like they are mumbling.

High-frequency hearing loss is often caused by age-related hearing loss and noise-induced hearing loss.

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Schedule a free hearing test to find out if you have high-frequency or another type of hearing loss. We can suggest treatment options and help you understand your condition better.
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What causes high-frequency hearing loss?

High-frequency hearing loss can be caused by a wide range of health and lifestyle factors. Causes of high-frequency hearing loss include:

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Exposure to certain drugs
  • Syndromes
  • Diseases
  • Noise exposure
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Preventing high-frequency hearing loss

While there are many health and lifestyle factors that can contribute to your risk for developing high-frequency hearing loss, there are steps that you can take to prevent it.

Using ear plugs (or other hearing protection) in excessively loud environments is a great way to protect your ears from damaging sound levels.

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Signs and symptoms of high-frequency hearing loss

Struggling to follow conversations and understand what others say are two common signs of high-frequency hearing loss. Other signs include:

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Difficulty following conversations
You have difficulty following group conversations (especially when background noise is present)
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Phone conversations are unclear
You have trouble following phone conversations in quiet and noisy places
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People seem to be mumbling
You often ask people to repeat themselves. Sounds seem unclear, or people sound like they are mumbling
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Difficulty locating sounds
You have difficulty locating where sounds are coming from
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Signs of tinnitus
You experience ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears (called tinnitus)
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Turning up the TV too loud
Your friends or family say you turn the television up too loud
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Treatment for high-frequency hearing loss

Our hearing care professionals often recommend hearing aids as an effective treatment method for high-frequency hearing loss. More specifically, the hearing aids can be programmed to focus on amplifying higher frequency sounds, thereby allowing the hearing aid user to hear these sounds again.


Our hearing care professionals will be able to provide the best guidance on which type of hearing aid is best for your individual needs.


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