High-frequency hearing loss is a form of sensorineural loss, making it harder for people to notice because it happens over time, allowing them to adapt to the poor clarity. Consonant sounds — like f, s, t, and z — become difficult to understand when experiencing high-frequency hearing loss.

Potential Causes:

High-frequency hearing loss often occurs due to constant exposure to loud noise.

Treatment Options:

As high-frequency hearing loss is a type of sensorineural hearing loss, hearing aids are the most effective treatment. Technology has the ability to stimulate the affected nerves in the inner ear to bring back the sounds that were once unclear, or that are too faint to hear.


Because of the connection between high-frequency hearing loss and loud noise, you should use hearing protection while at loud events and in very noisy environments.

Learn About Other Types of Hearing Loss:

Conductive hearing loss
Mixed hearing loss
Sensorineural hearing loss