Why Do I Hear But Not Understand

Ask your hearing care Provider for a demonstration of the latest hearing device which may help you to hear AND understand. Most people with hearing loss generally lose their ability to hear high pitched sounds more so than low pitched sounds.

Words are comprised of vowels and consonants. Vowel letters such as A, E, I, O and U are low pitched in sound and give the breathiness to words. Take for example “O”, it’s a low pitched sound. Consonants, on the other hand, like “st”, “th” or “ch” are high pitched in sound. If I were to say the word “fast”, did I say “fat”, “fact”, “fast” or “fax”? Those with a high pitched hearing loss will hear the vowel sound; but just not understand the high pitched consonant sounds. High pitched consonants give the intelligibility to words.

So, what does it mean if you sometimes hear conversation but don’t understand it? It means you could have a high pitched hearing loss. The best way to find out for sure is to have a quick, simple hearing screening. You will hear both low and high pitched tones and we’ll measure the level you hear them. If you are missing out on the high pitched tones, you’ll understand why you hear but don’t understand.

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