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What Is Cookie Bite Hearing Loss?

Cookie bite hearing loss is a relatively rare type of hearing impairment. Although the condition is permanent, it can be effectively managed with hearing aids. In this quick-read blog post, we define cookie bite hearing loss, its causes, and how to deal with the impairment.

What is Cookie Bite Hearing Loss?

Image of a small cake with a curved bite taken out of itCookie bite hearing loss derives its name from the shape of the hearing curve in the audiogram of a person suffering from this kind of sensorineural hearing loss. The curve resembles the form of a cookie with a bite mark in it, hence its name. Cookie bite hearing loss is also referred to as pool hearing loss, soup plate hearing loss or U-shaped hearing loss. Cookie bite hearing loss is a relatively rare hearing impairment. The unique character of the condition is the inability to hear mid-frequency sounds. Although sufferers manage to preserve a good perception of high and low-frequency sounds. This condition allows the person to hear annoying noises such as doors slamming, but they might find it hard to follow a conversation.

What Causes Cookie Bite Hearing Loss?

Most cases of cookie bite hearing loss are due to a genetically inherited condition. Unlike the other causes such as aging, exposure to loud noises, different illnesses and injuries that are usually responsible for the more common types of hearing loss. Although a person is born with it, in some cases this may not become obvious during the first years of a child’s life. The symptoms usually begin to show and lead to more serious hearing problems after a person reaches 30 years of age. It is quite common for sufferers of the condition to be unaware that their hearing ability is compromised before the age of 30-40, especially if they have never had a hearing test. At a young age, a hearing test is the only option to discover the condition even if the symptoms are not yet recognizable and it is highly recommended especially if any of the parents have a history of hearing loss in the family.

How to Manage Cookie Bite Hearing Loss?

As this is a type of sensorineural hearing loss, it cannot be cured or averted. Thus, it requires the use of hearing aids. Due to the specific character of the condition, the standard types of hearing aids will not be appropriate. It requires a more advanced and sophisticated device. One that can focus mainly on amplifying the mid-frequency sounds at the expense of the low and high-frequency levels. This is very important for the users, as they are usually hypersensitive to the amplification of sound levels they are able to hear, and for example, might find it unbearable to wear hearing aids in a loud environment. The necessary additional functionalities may increase the cost in comparison to the price of other listening devices.
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Digital hearing aids will not be able to restore hearing but can greatly help in managing the condition. That is why we recommend that you start using hearing aids as soon as possible. You can become accustomed to them and they will help you to continue leading a normal life. Cookie bite hearing loss can become worse with time. It is vital that as soon as you have a diagnosis, you take action. A visit to a qualified audiologist will be necessary. They can help determine the correct treatment and appropriate device for your situation.

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Author: Joan McKechnie

Image of Joan McKechnieAfter qualifying as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist Joan has spent most of her 20 year career in hearing-care related roles. She has a wealth of experience within the hearing aid and hearing rehabilitation fields and has worked in manufacturing environments with two hearing aid companies helping to develop products and roll out new technologies. Joan has been involved with Hearing Direct since its launch and enjoys the online retail environment which seeks to provide easier access to hearing products and accessories. She is HCPC registered. Read Joan's full bio here.
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