If you are someone who experiences hearing loss, then you might have been told you have something known as high-frequency hearing loss. What this means is that you are not able to hear sounds that are above a certain frequency. With all the latest developments in technology, you might have been left wondering if hearing aids are going to be able to help you hear these sounds. This is something that you can discuss with your audiologist to assess your individual case, but we’re going to be looking into this down below, so keep reading if you want to find out more.

High-frequency hearing loss

High-frequency hearing loss means that you are no longer able to hear sounds that are above 2000hz. If you are experiencing this type of hearing loss, then you might find it difficult to understand the voices of females and children, as well as birds, singing and sometimes even hearing people when they are in a large group. It might also be the case that you have difficulty with hearing certain consonant sounds such as F, H and S. It might also be the case that if you are in a public place where there is a lot of background noise, you find hearing to be a challenge. 

If you think that you might have this, but you haven’t been diagnosed, it’s important that you speak to your audiologist so that they can arrange a hearing test. This is the only way to tell if you are experiencing high-frequency hearing loss and then they will be able to help you get the right treatment.

Can hearing aids help?

The simple answer is yes. Some hearing aids are now using a technology that is known as frequency lowering technology, which converts the higher frequency sounds into lower frequencies. So, instead of just capturing the high-frequency sounds and making them louder, this type of technology instead focuses on bringing them down into a lower region, making them easier for someone who experiences high-frequency hearing loss to understand. 

It’s important that you realize that this can take time to adjust to. While some people find that it helps straight away, others will have to go through an adjustment period where they get used to the hearing aids. It can be difficult, especially if you have had high-frequency hearing loss for a long time and haven’t heard certain sounds, coming to terms with hearing them again can be a challenge. There are plenty of different frequency options for you to choose from, so adjusting this as necessary is important while you figure out what works best for you. The amount of frequency lowering and the loudness of the high-frequency sounds can be adjusted as necessary to fit an individual's specific hearing loss as they adjust to using them. 

If you do have any questions about your hearing aids, or the frequency needs altering, speak to your audiologist, and they will be able to help you trial and error different frequencies and loudness until you find what works for you individually. If you are finding it difficult to adjust, they can be turned off if necessary.

Improvements in technology

Hearing aid manufacturers are always working with new technology in order to make them the best that they can be. For example, a few years ago, the frequency lowering technology didn’t exist. Due to the changes in technology available, there have been some other major improvements which help when it comes to altering hearing aids to an individual’s hearing loss.  Helping to hear higher frequencies is made easier by the fact that there is better automatic noise reduction used in hearing aids now. This helps to cancel out background noise, and help the individual focus on the sounds that they want to hear. 

The fact that hearing aids now have better feedback management also is a great advancement. Previously, hearing whistling was a big issue for a lot of people, and it can stand in the way of your hearing aids, providing you with the optimum level of hearing. Manufacturers have now largely managed to eliminate this issue, and if you do experience it with your hearing aids, then adjusting the frequency and the volume should help significantly.

Learn more about this topic today at Pacific Audiology Clinic! Contact our team at 503-719-4208 and talk to an audiologist about your options when it comes to using hearing aids to hear higher frequencies.