While most people assume that human hearing only involves the ears, the truth is that it’s actually a partnership between the ears and the brain.
Here’s how it works:
- Sound waves enter the outer ear.
- They then move through the auditory canal.
- In the auditory canal, tiny hairs pick up the vibrations.
- The sound waves reach the middle ear where they interact with the ear drum.
- Sound waves are amplified by the ear drum.
- Amplified sound waves move the small bone called “the hammer”.
- The hammer moves “the anvil”, which is another small bone in the middle ear.
- The anvil moves “the stirrup”, which then transmits sound vibrations to the inner ear.
- Within the inner ear, the cochlea and the auditory nerve work to send signals to the brain.
- The brain translates those signals into what you hear.
This delicate balance can be upset by any number of things – medications, diseases, trauma, age, and even wax buildup. The result is a decline in your ability to connect with those around you, and a slow withdrawal from activities you once loved.
It can be incredibly damaging, but you don’t have to suffer through it. We can help. Contact us today to schedule your FREE hearing assessment.