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The Guide on Low-Frequency Hearing Loss

July 4, 2022

The way the ear picks up noise is extremely complex. We often think of hearing in black and white – either you have hearing loss or you don’t. However, there are different types of hearing loss one can develop overtime based on either genetics or environment. 

One of the more rare forms of hearing loss is low-frequency hearing loss. Imagine being able to hear a child’s voice perfectly clear but at the same time you have trouble hearing the car engine next to you or the base coming from the music you are listening to. In this post, we discuss what low-frequency hearing loss is, what causes it, and the treatments one can seek out if they suspect they might be suffering from this rare form of hearing loss. 

What is Low-Frequency Hearing Loss

Low-frequency hearing loss is one of the rare forms of hearing loss. People who suffer from this type of hearing loss have trouble hearing low pitched noises. Usually, these sounds register at around 2000 Hertz (Hz) or lower. Examples of low-frequency sounds are male voices, car engines, and base in music. 

Often people with low-frequency hearing loss have no problem registering high-pitched sounds such as children’s voices. Therefore, it is sometimes difficult to find the right remedy for this problem.

Types

 Sensorineural low-frequency hearing loss

This type of hearing loss can occur as a result of multiple factors such as aging, viral infections, or genetics. The most common cause however is Meniere’s disease which is the build-up of fluid in the inner ear. Common symptoms of Meniere’s disease include: tinnitus (ringing in the ears), vertigo, and hearing loss. 

Conductive low-frequency hearing loss

Conductive low-frequency hearing loss occurs when there is an issue in the middle ear. This is often caused by unresolved infections or Otosclerosis, the growth of stapel bones in the middle ear (most common for women between the ages of 14 and 40). 

In addition, the blockage of the eustachian tube in the middle ear can cause this type of hearing loss.

What Causes Low-Frequency Hearing Loss

As described above, the causes can vary. It is one of the rarest types of hearing loss one can develop. More often than not, it is genetic or the result of another disease. According to health experts, women are more susceptible to it than men. In addition, childhood illnesses such as measles can cause long-term side effects such as hearing loss.  

Treatment for Low-Frequency Hearing Loss

In order to diagnose low-frequency hearing loss, one will need to speak with an audiologist. Depending on the type you are experiencing the treatment will be different. Below are some options for treatment based on the progression/cause of your hearing loss.

Reversible hearing loss

If your hearing loss is the result of Meniere’s disease, you might be able to treat it by limiting your consumption of caffeine, alcohol, and salt. You might also want to consider taking a diuretic since they can help with flushing fluids. Take note however, that these remedies will only be effective at earlier stages of the disease. 

Irreversible hearing loss

If your hearing loss is irreversible, the best treatment option is to purchase a hearing aid. Hearing aids can be programmed by an audiologist to pick up the low-frequency pitches your ear is not able to pick up naturally. It is important however, that your hearing aid is properly fitted and pitched for your specific hearing needs. 

How Lexie Hearing Can Help

Low-frequency hearing loss is one of the most difficult types of hearing loss to diagnose since it is less common than other types of hearing loss. Therefore, it is important that you have a remedy that can effectively treat your symptoms. 

Lexie’s hearing aids provide treatment for hearing loss at a more affordable price than traditional hearing aid options. These hearing aids come equipped with key features such as background noise-reduction, and can be programmed right from the Lexie app. Plus, you can try the Lexie hearing aids risk-free for 45 days to ensure it’s the right fit for you.

Get started with your Lexie hearing iads today—shop online now or contact a Lexie Expert for more information.

Image of post writer Marcellé Swanepoel.

Written by Marcellé Swanepoel

B. Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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