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What Is Low-Frequency Hearing Loss?

It is not uncommon for hearing loss to present with a degree of frequency loss. For those with low-frequency hearing loss, the lowest ends of the sound frequency range, from around 2,000 Hz and lower, are inaudible.

This type of frequency loss is not as common as high-frequency hearing loss. Our doctors of audiology can determine if you have high- or low-frequency hearing loss.

Signs You Have Low-Frequency Hearing Loss

The signs and symptoms of low-frequency hearing loss are not as easy to determine as those associated with high-frequency hearing loss. Since the frequency speech range of most adult women is between 165-255 Hz and adult men range from 85-155 Hz, low-frequency hearing loss would not interfere with conversations. Even some lower frequency vowel sounds like the short “O” sound only reaches around 1,000 Hz. However, some identifiable symptoms are:

  • Difficulty hearing bass in musical compositions
  • Trouble hearing in noisy environments like house parties and malls
  • Hard time hearing in places where background noises are present like in restaurants

Potential Causes Behind Low-Frequency Hearing Loss

Low-frequency hearing loss is a type of hearing loss that can have several potential causes behind it. Some of the most common causes of low-frequency hearing loss are:

  • Noise – As low-frequency hearing loss is connected to sensorineural hearing loss, it is not uncommon for sustained noise damage to lead to this condition. Often, you will lose frequency range on both ends of the spectrum when noise-induced hearing loss is the source.
  • Age – Aging can lead to a stiffening of the delicate bones inside our middle ears. This stiffness can make it more difficult for sounds of all frequencies to be transmitted.
  • Infection – Certain infections and disease, like ear infections and diabetes, can lead to a loss of hearing. The hearing loss naturally will affect what frequencies you can hear.
  • Genetics – For some individuals, their genetics may leave them more prone to losing low-frequency ranges as they age, have ear infections, or experience loud noises.

Low-Frequency Hearing Loss Treatment

To treat low-frequency hearing loss, you will need to come in for a hearing evaluation with one of our doctors of audiology. During the assessment, your frequency hearing range will be tested so our hearing specialists can pinpoint how much of your frequency range needs to be corrected.

Our audiologists will be able to recommend the right hearing aids to make up for any hearing loss you are experiencing. To work with one of our highly-qualified doctors of audiology and take control of your hearing, contact us for an appointment today.

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