If you have trouble hearing certain voices or even certain letters, you probably suffer from High Frequency Hearing Loss (HFHL). HFHL is usually a sensorineural hearing loss that results in the inability to hear sounds within the 2000Hz and 8000 Hz range caused by sensory hearing cells in the cochlea dying or being damaged. The main causes of high frequency hearing loss are noise, aging, genetics, diseases, and medications. Those suffering from this type of hearing loss are unable to hear sounds like birds tweeting, female voices and baby coos and are limited to speech intelligibility, meaning the clarity of speech is difficult to understand. For example, the consonants s, f, and h are difficult to hear. When seeking treatment options, it is important to choose the best hearing aid for High Frequency Hearing Loss for the best results.
Today’s technology makes it easier to get the best hearing aid products for specific types and degrees of hearing loss. When discussing options for High Frequency Hearing Loss with your audiologist, consider hearing aids with frequency compression technology. Frequency compression technology works by taking the high frequency sounds and shifting them into lower frequencies to make them more audible. Popular hearing aid brands like Phonak, Resound, and Starkey, and Widex offer products equipped with frequency compression technology.
Like other forms of hearing loss, High Frequency Hearing Loss is irreversible and if untreated, can lead to issues like anxiety and depression, affecting your overall quality of life. With the right hearing aid HFHL can be significantly improved. For more information about High Frequency Hearing Loss and help choosing hearing aids best suits your needs, please call New Generation Hearing Centers today for your free consultation.