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Recognizing and Treating Low Frequency Hearing Loss

When you have a hearing loss it can greatly effect your every day life. You are no longer able to share the same meaningful conversations you once shared with loved ones, or participate in social events like you could in the past. Once you are able to identify what type of hearing loss you have, you will have a better idea of what treatment is needed so that you can have your lifestyle back. Here are signs of a low- frequency hearing loss as well as how it can be treated.

Symptoms of Low-Frequency Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss is oftentimes missed because it isn’t associated with many symptoms. Most of the information we receive from sounds occur in the higher and middle frequencies, this “masks” low-frequency hearing because the person is still able to understand the majority of what they hear.

The biggest indicator of a low-frequency hearing loss is the inability to hear well in group settings or other noisy environments. If you suspect you might be suffering from this type of hearing loss, make an appointment with your audiologist and get your hearing tested. An audiogram will determine for sure whether or not you have a low-frequency hearing loss.

How is a Low-Frequency Hearing Loss Caused?

If you think you might be suffering from this type of hearing loss, you are probably wondering how it was acquired. There are various things that may have caused this hearing loss, they include:

  • A mutation of the Wolfram Syndrome Gene or rather the WFS1 gene.
  • Mondini Dysplasia, which is a malformation of the cochlea.
  • Renal Failure
  • A rapid change in pressure.
  • Viral Infection
  • Meniere’s Disease- a disorder of the inner ear that gives you vertigo and can effect your hearing.
  • Sudden Hearing Loss– a loss of 30dB in a time-frame of 72 hours or less.

How To Treat Low-Frequency Hearing Loss

Once you’ve received a hearing exam and determined the presence of a low-frequency hearing loss as well as its severity, together you and your audiologist will determine the best course of treatment. Sometimes the hearing loss may be minor and treatment is unnecessary. If the hearing loss is severe enough, your audiologist will recommend a special type of hearing aid that amplifies the lower frequencies that are difficult for you to hear, while keeping the higher frequencies that you can hear normally the same. These hearing aids are built with multiple microphones which will likely improve your ability to hear in group settings.

If you think you might be suffering from a low-frequency hearing loss, don’t wait to get your hearing examined. Proper treatment will allow you to restore your hearing and give you back your lifestyle so give us a call.

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