How hearing works
In Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Mark Antony famously says, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.” From what the world knew of biology back then, he was right; but his request didn’t tell the whole story of hearing. It wouldn’t have been as poetic, but he might also have asked them to lend their brains, as well.
While our ears do the job of collecting sound, a lot has to happen to that sound before we actually hear it.
Soundwaves enter our ears and travel through the ear canal where they vibrate the eardrum. The eardrum, in turn sets off a chain reaction along three tiny bones called the ossicles. The vibrations of the ossicles are then transferred to the cochlea, an organ located in the inner ear. Inside the cochlea, those vibrations are received by tiny hair cells that create electrical impulses that travel along the auditory nerve into the brain, where they are recognized as sound.
Not Sure If You Have Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss frequently goes unnoticed because it happens gradually.
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It may surprise you to know that there is more than one type of hearing loss; in fact, there are three−conductive, sensorineural and mixed.
Typical Warning Signs of Hearing Loss.
People wait for 5 to 7 years after first experiencing hearing loss symptoms before seeking help.