You can address cookie bite hearing loss with the help of hearing aids. Before purchasing hearing aids, however, it’s valuable to understand how this hearing loss affects your hearing. A more unusual form of sensorineural hearing loss, cookie bite hearing loss impacts one’s ability to hear mid-range frequencies rather than high-frequencies.
If you have been struggling to hear and suspect you are suffering from cookie bite hearing loss, continue reading for more information on what this hearing loss is and what treatments are available.
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?
Cookie bite hearing loss is a rare form of sensorineural hearing loss, which is hearing loss characterized by permanent damage to the inner ear. In this case, the cause of permanent damage to the inner ear 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 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 abilities.
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 quality of life.
According to the National Institute of Health, only one in five people who would benefit from hearing aids uses them, most often because of the high cost of hearing aids. If the cost of hearing aids is holding what’s holding you back from hearing better, we can help.
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 types of 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.
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