What is Cookie-Bite Hearing Loss?
When we use a cookie cutter to form a biscuit for baking, the rest of the sheet remains intact. However, many people we meet in business think hearing loss is different, because it affects the entire range of frequencies.
‘How could I possibly be going deaf when I can hear a train chugging past me perfectly,’ they ask? ‘My problem is some people – especially children –don’t know how to speak properly!’
The truth is more likely to be their cookie-bite hearing loss affecting higher frequencies. That’s often how mid-range hearing loss works. In fact, this ‘sensorineural’ hearing loss can be one of our most frustrating experiences as we age.
Cookie-Bite Sensorineural Hearing Loss Creeps Up on Us
Hearing loss occurs when very small, extremely fine hairs in our inner ears, take a knock. Disease and physical trauma can make this happen suddenly. If your hearing step-changes, consult a medical specialist soon.
Those little hairs in our cochlea are at the heart of our hearing system. They flow like wheat in the wind when sound waves brush over them. And our miraculous neuro system translates these flows to electronic impulses that travel to our brains where our hearing happens.
Now if you are getting on in years, then you may have noticed your body slowing and becoming a little crabby. Much the same happens to those cochlea hairs that detect sound. If it helps, imagine them like organ pipes where a few have stopped working.
How the Onset of Cookie-Bite Hearing Loss Happens
In a non-scientific sense, that’s exactly how cookie-bite hearing loss works. We may not have noticed, but this can begin in our twenties after we hammer our cochlear hairs with loud noises at night clubs, and airports. In our early days our bodies could fix this, but eventually we wake up one morning with mid-range hearing loss.
Now sensorineural hearing loss affects commonly-used frequencies (pitches) in music, and speech. Scientists suspect our kids are going to be worse off because of amplified sounds from headphones and AirPods. However, like us when we were young, they probably won’t do something about it until it’s too late.
That graph is a fine example of sensorineural hearing loss. Reception of low-pitch sound is in the normal range, but we can immediately spot how cookie-bite hearing loss notches in the mid- to semi-high range.
That deterioration is unfortunately permanent. The person whose audiogram shows above may have had no idea of the damage until it was too late to adjust their lifestyle. You are not alone if you share their situation. As many as a third of Americans may have similar audiograms in twenty years’ time as they live longer.
Ways to Check If You Have Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Audiologists classify sound across two dimensions. These are frequency, or pitch from low bass to higher treble sounds, and volume, or loudness measured in decibels.
If we are developing cookie-bite hearing loss, we start having difficulty interpreting sounds in the mid-range where people speak. However, it generally takes a while before we realize we can’t hear leaves rustling in the wind. Or distinguish between soft consonants including A, R, P, H, G, and CH for example.
Asking people to speak up doesn’t help much. It’s like saying the sheet of pastry is intact after we cut a cookie out of it. Everything is going sound louder, and that’s not much use is it? We have permanent mid-range hearing loss when this happens.
But There Is Still Hope with Digital Hearing Aids
Those frequencies are not completely gone with age-related hearing loss, they have just become faint. Digital hearing aids – as opposed to personal hearing amplifiers – selectively increase weak frequencies so their users can hear again.
However, we hasten to mention out of an abundance of honesty that no hearing aid can make your hearing perfect again. And of course, when you take them out, or the batteries run flat, you are back to square one.
What To Do If You’re Are Not sure About This Technology
Hearing aids can be alarmingly, even unnecessarily expensive. That’s because the technology is relatively simple and mass-produced by bots. This was not the case in the olden days when hand crafted hearing aids cost a small fortune to make.
However, nowadays they cost a deal less to manufacture, although hearing aid store prices are still high. We guess it’s because they operate in the pre-internet era with brick and mortar buildings, and employees on fixed wages with benefits.
The Blue Angels Range of Rechargeable Hearing Aids
But as you can see from the above images there is a better, more affordable way to do business and we are living proof. Blue Angels Hearing offers a money back guarantee if its hearing aids purchased over the internet don’t work as expected.
This is a great opportunity to afford the rechargeable hearing aids you always wanted for your cookie-bite hearing loss. Especially when you can go shopping with less risk of catching a coronavirus infection from somebody else in the room.