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Had hearing test and can't hear very high frequency,what does it mean as can hear people alright?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham answered

Specializes in American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Hearing loss: Age related hearing loss is common. Usually the first sounds that are lost are those that are relater to the higher frequencies. Speaking involves lower frequencies that are still well detected - as time goes by hearing even those frequencies can also become impaired. Many people eventually require hearing aides to preserve their hearing ability.

Answered 8/11/2014

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Dr. Edwin Ishoo answered

Specializes in

Hearing Loss: You are describing high frequency sensorineural hearing loss which may have many different causes. Your loss is likely outside the normal conversation range. This type of loss may also be accompanied by tinnitus or ringing and may require masking with a hearing aid; otherwise, you will likely not need amplification for everyday function. I recommend ENT eval. to rule out reversible pathology.

Answered 8/12/2014

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Dr. Carrie Cannon answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Early damage: Sensorineural hearing loss happens when exposed to loud noise or not so loud over time. It causes the hair cells in the cochlea to die, unfortunately. This leads to a high frequency (high-pitched sounds) hearing loss that hopefully will never worsen enough to include normal speech. Please avoid loud music, noise, and especially with earbuds. Many of our youth now (approx. 1/5) have some degree.

Answered 8/12/2014

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Dr. Stephen Rothstein answered

Specializes in

Ear: Great question. If the loss is very high pitched it would generally not affect your daily life. May have problems in group situations. Get it checked again in a year.

Answered 8/12/2014

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Dr. Joyce Pastore answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Hearing loss: High frequency hearing loss (above 30 decibels) may start to occur with age or after chronic exposure to loud noises. You may have a slight difficulty distinguishing womens' voices, particularly in a crowded room. Be sure to use hearing protection and avoid exposure to loud, high pitched noises to prevent worsening of the hearing loss.

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Dr. Leila Hashemi answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Hearing loss: hi, High frequency hearing loss can affect the ability of patient to understand speech, they can hear vowels but not consonant sounds of F, S, T, and Z and unable to hear higher octaves, like a woman’s or a child’s voice, reasons include; aging, family history, diabetes affecting nerve in ear, exposure to loud exposure and sound, infection in middle ear, cold (transient), tumor of inner ear.

Answered 8/12/2014

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