Welcome to the second installation of Wednesday Wisdom! Every Week we’ll post information relating to hearing.
Our goal is to provide valuable information so that you can take an active part in maintaining your hearing health.
Last week we posted about sounds as they relate to loudness, which is measured in decibels (dB). The higher the decibels, the louder the noise.
This week, we’re focusing on pitch, which is measured in hertz (Hz).
A more technical explanation of pitch would be: in a wave with a frequency of 100 hertz, 100 waves pass a given point every second.
More simply put: pitch is the quality that makes it possible to judge sounds as “higher” and “lower” in the sense associated with music.
This infographic gives a good idea of a few of the sounds in our environment at varying volume and pitch.
Pitch (hertz) and volume (decibels) are just two of the variables that are tested during an audiological examination.
If you find that certain sounds are more difficult to hear, like children or even your own footsteps, it would be a good idea to get your hearing checked. Fifteen minutes, pain free is all it takes to get answers (and if you’re brave, we have lollipops!)
Hearing loss can be gradual and hard to catch, and once it’s gone it’s gone. Better to be safe now, than sorry later.