High-frequency hearing loss makes it hard to understand speech resulting in poor speech clarity. High frequencies help with speech understanding, since certain consonant sounds like “F, S, and H” are in the higher frequencies.
What is high-frequency hearing loss?
People ask what is high frequency and why this is important. These terms were created simply to help identify and quantify the type of loss of each person so we know how to get you to hear again like you were 21 years old. It is important to get test so Lansdowne Hearing knows the exact type of hearing loss that you have so we may make a proper diagnosis. Then, we can provide you the best support and treatment for your type of loss.
Just as sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss, high-frequency hearing loss is the most common form of hearing loss. People with this type of loss might have difficulties hearing their wife or hearing their kids or grand kids. Those “F, H and S” consonants are hard to hear when you have high-frequency hearing loss. For your information, 2,000 Hertz up to 8,000 Hertz (frequency range) are considered high frequency hearing loss. Some say 3,000 or 4,000 Hertz to 8,000 Hertz (8 kHz), but it actually is 2 kHz to 8 kHz.
Speech clarity is an issue for anyone with high-frequency hearing loss. There are 21 consonants in the alphabet and it is the consonants that help you to distinguish words. When you have high frequency loss, you can not hear words with F, H and S and other consonants. You should be tested if you have trouble following group conversations, if people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high or if you have trouble in a noisy background.
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