High pitch hearing loss is inevitable. One of the lesser-known facts of life is that human beings naturally begin to lose high-pitch hearing at about age 25. You could think of this in a more optimistic way: young people have extraordinarily good high-pitch hearing. As we age, these high-pitched sounds become harder and harder to hear.
In most individuals, natural hearing loss gets even more prevalent from illness, injury or exposure to loud noise or sounds. Whether noise exposure is sudden or over an extended period, if you do not wear proper ear protection, your hearing will be damaged- especially your high-frequency hearing. When one or more factors are at play, it increases your chances of developing hearing loss that affects your quality of life.
Treating Hearing Loss
Until recently, high pitch hearing loss wasn’t easily treated with hearing aids. Luckily, today’s digital technology can provide hearing help, even for high pitch hearing loss. Advanced hearing devices can be customized to fit each person’s unique hearing loss and supply the help where it is needed.
Your hearing specialist must determine the type of hearing loss you have by doing an audiogram. The audiogram is like a graph or map of your hearing loss and is needed to both determine if you need hearing aids and then to fine-tune these miraculous devices. Open-fit hearing aids are the best option for people with high-frequency hearing loss. They keep the ear canal open allowing low-pitched and some mid-frequency sounds to enter the ear naturally, and only amplify the high-frequencies. Life becomes much clearer but not necessarily louder with an open-fit instrument.
Today, it’s easy, too easy to damage your precious sense of hearing. Hearing loss is a wide-spread problem in our society and only getting worse. A little high-pitch loss may be inevitable but once it begins to affect your ability to communicate easily with friends and family, it is time to take action. Too many people with hearing loss have waited too long to seek treatment. And that destroys not only your hearing but the quality of your life.
Hearing loss is just too important to ignore. Others need not even know you’re being treated with tiny modern hearing aids. See your audiologist and hearing healthcare provider for advice on hearing help. They may be able to provide a discrete, custom solution just for you.