Understanding the Types of Hearing Loss: Cookie Bite Hearing Loss

There are many different types of hearing loss. Understanding the different types of hearing loss and their terminology can help you to make the right choice when it comes to choosing a hearing aid.

Today, we're looking at what is perhaps a lesser-known type of hearing loss. Cookie bite hearing, can also be called soup plate hearing, U-shaped hearing loss or pool hearing loss. The reason why it is most commonly called cookie bite hearing loss is due to the size and shape of an audiogram curve that resembles a cookie with a bite taken out of it.

Understanding the Level of Hearing in Cookie Bite Hearing Loss

Someone suffering from cookie bite hearing loss is likely to experience difficulty in hearing mid-frequency sounds, while maintaining the ability to hear high and low-frequency sounds. An example of medium-frequency sounds would be a conversation, a show at the theatre or a TV at a normal volume level. Mid-frequency noises are preferred and more comfortable by people with “normal” hearing, which means that interacting in most social activities happens at this mid-frequency level. This means that cookie bite hearing loss can make everyday activities difficult.

Treatments for Cookie Bite Hearing Loss

Cookie bite hearing loss is a rare type of sensorineural hearing loss, which means that it is permanent, and a cure is not available. It is a rare condition in comparison to more commonly known types of hearing loss. The cause of the damage is usually genetic, although it can more rarely be caused by damage or disease. Although aging is not a cause for the hearing loss, the cause could be confused with aging because it is often not diagnosed until later in life at around the age of 30. Symptoms do not appear to the sufferer until this time, despite the loss having been most likely present from birth.

Coping with Cookie Bite Hearing Loss

Luckily, a hearing aid can make a huge difference to the problem for hearing-loss sufferers. Although it won't completely restore the sufferer's hearing to a normal frequency, it can help them to live an entirely normal life. It's crucial that the hearing aid chosen to address cookie bite hearing loss is tailored to the specific type of hearing loss. It is extremely important that the hearing aid amplifies mid-range frequency and not low or high-range frequency.

Using a hearing aid as soon as symptoms are noticeable helps to keep the condition from worsening with age. It really is worth taking good care of yourself if you have this type of hearing loss because treatments are effective and will ensure you stay well. Although this is a rare condition, appropriate hearing aids do not need to be expensive. Take a look out our last blog post to find out how to choose the right hearing aid at the right price.