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If you can hear male voices more readily than female or kid’s voices, it may suggest that you have experienced some high-frequency hearing loss. Men’s voices generally fall into the frequency range of 85 to 180 Hz, while women’s and kid’s voices have a frequency range of 165 to 255 Hz. Another factor that may make women’s and children’s voices more challenging to hear is that they are typically softer (less loud) than men’s voices. Although you may suspect that you have suffered a high-frequency hearing loss because you are having trouble hearing these voices, the only way to know for certain is to make an appointment for an exam.

High-frequency hearing loss is the most common among all forms of hearing loss. There are many possible causes; among the possibilities are aging, exposure to loud noises, certain diseases and certain drugs. But whatever the cause, the important thing is that as a result of technological advances, hearing loss can be treated.

Digital hearing aids are programmable to offer different levels of sound amplification and different frequencies. For people with high-frequency hearing loss, the digital hearing aid raises the volume of high-frequency (high-pitched) sounds more than it raises the volume of the lower-frequency (low-pitched) sounds. Open-fit hearing aids provide another treatment option, because their design leaves the ear canal open so that low- and mid-frequency sounds enter the ear normally, and only the high-frequency sounds are amplified by the aid. A third option for very severe cases of high-frequency hearing loss is a cochlear implant. This is a more expensive solution because the implantation procedure requires minor surgery, but it can be effective in the treatment of conditions such as nerve deafness and industrial deafness.

Whatever your particular hearing problem may be, however, the first step to understanding and treating it is to have an examination by a hearing professional. Your hearing exam could reveal that your high-frequency hearing loss is caused by a treatable blockage such as a build up of ear wax and can be easily corrected.So the best “first step” in dealing with your hearing problem is to make an appointment and allow us to determine the real nature of the problem.