The Inability to Hear Women’s Voices is a Sign of High Frequency Hearing Loss
One of the indicators of high-frequency hearing loss is the inability to hear women’s and children’s voice clearly. Men’s voices generally fit in the frequency range of 85 to 180 Hz, while women’s and kid’s voices have a frequency range of 165 to 255 Hertz. On top of that, the volume of women’s and children’s voice are often less audible because they speak more quietly that men. 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. High-frequency hearing loss can have many causes: genetics, aging, noise-induced hearing loss (exposure to loud sounds), certain diseases, and certain drugs. The good news is that high-frequency hearing loss can generally be counteracted with technology.
One effective option involves the fitting of digital hearing aids, whose sophisticated electronics can be programmed to respond differently to sounds at different frequencies. For a person suffering from high-frequency hearing loss, for example, a technician could program the digital hearing aid to raise the volume of high-pitched sounds, while not raising the volume of low-pitched sounds as much. An open-fit hearing aid is another option. The open-fit design leaves the ear canal open or partially open allowing lower frequency sounds to enter the ear normally. The open-fit aid would be set to amplify only the high-pitched sounds. A third possibility for severe cases of high-frequency hearing loss is the placement of a cochlear implant. An implant is a much more expensive and invasive option requiring minor surgery, but it may be the best option in cases of nerve deafness or extreme 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. Some cases of high-frequency hearing loss, for example, have proven to be caused by nothing more than a buildup of ear wax, which is easily treated, without the need for any type of hearing aid. If you are currently having trouble hearing women’s and children’s voices, stop worrying about what might be causing it and make an appointment to get the true answer.