Sensorineural hearing loss is characterized by permanent damage to the inner ear and is generally the result of aging, illness, prolonged exposure to loud noises, or an adverse reaction to medication. It affects nearly 1 out of 4 Americans over the age of 65.
While age-related hearing loss is the most common type of sensorineural hearing loss, more unusual forms of sensorineural hearing loss also exist, like cookie bite hearing loss. Although most hearing losses affect one’s ability to hear high frequencies, cookie bite affects mid-range frequencies.
If you suspect you have cookie bite hearing loss, it’s important to understand what it is, if treatments are available, and if hearing aids are an option.
What is Cookie Bite Hearing Loss?
Cookie bite hearing loss has a wide variety of names, including soup plate hearing, U-shaped hearing loss, and pool hearing loss. Whatever the name may be, all are reflective of how this hearing loss appears on an audiogram: Its curve resembles a cookie with a bite taken out of it.
The u-shaped curve indicates a “mid-range hearing loss.” In other words, this hearing loss affects one’s ability to hear mid-frequency sounds, despite one’s continued ability to hear high and low-frequency sounds.
Examples of medium-frequency sounds include a conversation, a show at the theatre, or a TV at a normal volume. Similarly, mid-frequency noises are sounds comfortable for those with “normal” hearing. Most social activities occur at a mid-frequency level, making day-to-day situations difficult for a person with this type of hearing loss.
Can Cookie Bite Hearing Loss be Treated?
As noted, cookie bite hearing loss is a rare form of sensorineural hearing loss. Like most forms of sensorineural hearing loss, this hearing loss involves permanent damage to the inner ear, but the cause of this damage is typically genetics, disease, or an adverse reaction to medication.
Although aging is not a cause of cookie bite hearing loss, many people incidentally pin aging as the cause because it is often not diagnosed until later in life. Symptoms often do not appear until around the age of 30, despite the loss most likely having been present since birth.
Because of its varying causes and rarity, few studies have been conducted on this type of hearing loss, and as such, a cure has yet to be identified. However, a person with cookie bite hearing loss can still take measures to improve his or her hearing.
Can Hearing Aids help with Cookie Bite Hearing Loss?
While a cure for cookie bite hearing loss is not yet available, there is hope: Hearing aids that amplify mid-range frequencies will likely improve your hearing. While they won't completely restore your hearing, hearing aids can help you to hear more clearly and improve your overall quality of life.
According to the Better Hearing Institute, 91% of people who purchased hearing aids in the past year were satisfied, and 90% would recommend hearing aids to others with hearing loss. So, why not purchase your own pair and join the many others who have benefited from hearing aids?
At Advanced Affordable Hearing, our reasonably priced hearing aids are designed to boost volume and improve high frequency sounds, which offer some mid-frequency improvement as well. If you have cookie bite hearing loss, you’ll benefit most greatly from one of these hearing aids:
- HCZ3—featuring a high frequency trimpot that allows you to tune the high/mid frequency adjustments to a greater degree.
- HCEQ—includes a greater frequency adjustment control that makes assistance in the mid-frequency range possible
- Sonic Cheer 20—featuring the option to be custom programmed to meet the needs of your specific hearing loss.
To start your journey to improved hearing, you can call one of our friendly representatives right away at 1 (800) 804-0434.