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High Frequency Hearing Loss

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We commonly experience sound in our environment. When these sounds are at safe levels they do not cause hearing loss. However, if the sounds are too loud, even for a brief time, or when they are both loud and long-lasting they can damage inner ear sensory hair cells and cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). These hair cells transmit sound through the inner ear to the brain's hearing center. Once injured, they cannot be repaired.

Symptoms of high frequency hearing loss:

  • Hard to understand high pitched voices (women, children, etc.)

  • Words that start with th, f, s, or h are hard to understand

  • When people talk, you can hear but cannot understand

  • Cannot hear birds chirping

  • Can easily hear but cannot understand  at a movie or on the phone

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Common activities causing high frequency hearing loss:

  • Loud music on EarPods

  • Loud music at concerts


  • Hammering

  • Mowing, weed eating, etc.

  • Monster truck rallies


Treatment of high frequency hearing loss:

  • Prevention is paramount: hearing protection to protect against noise levels above 85 decibels

  • Prevention is even more paramount for babies and children

  • Prevention ignored: Hearing aides, cochlear implants, etc. is the now the option available to hear 


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