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What is high-frequency hearing loss?

People who suffer from high-frequency hearing loss have difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds. The result of this is that consonants can become difficult to hear, meaning that other people may sound like they're mumbling.

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

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Book a free test for high-frequency hearing loss

Book a free hearing test to find out whether you have high-frequency or any other type of hearing loss. We can recommend 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. It can be caused by:

  • Ageing
  • Genetics
  • Exposure to certain drugs
  • Medical conditions
  • Noise exposure
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Preventing high-frequency hearing loss

There are many health and lifestyle factors that can contribute to your risk for developing high-frequency hearing loss. But 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 potentially 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. The main signs include:

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Difficulty following conversations
You have difficulty following group conversations (especially when there's background noise)
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Phone conversations are unclear
You have trouble following phone conversations in both 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 (tinnitus)
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Turning up the TV too loud
Your friends or family say you have the TV too loud
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Treatment for high-frequency hearing loss

Our hearing care experts 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, so the hearing aid user can hear these sounds again.

Our hearing care experts will be able to advise you on which type of hearing aid is best for your individual needs.

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