HOW HEARING WORKS
Life cannot be imagined without hearing as it is an essential part of our lives, and without the sense of hearing, we cannot perceive the sounds happening around. It is the key component of our daily conversations and social interaction. The sounds we perceive from our surroundings are converted into electric signals by the hearing pathways, which are then sent to brain.
When hearing nerve stops functioning properly, you suffer from hearing loss.
Here’s what you need to understand about the four sections of human ear:
- Outer Ear
- Middle Ear
- Inner Ear
The outer ear focuses and captures all the sounds we hear, sending them to the middle ear. The parts that constitute the outer ear include the Ear Canal and the Pinna, responsible for its formation. The ear canal provides a pathway to the sounds, to travel from the outer ear to the middle ear. The Pinna is a flexible part that form the outer visible part of the ear.
Middle ear, starting from the ear drum that is also called the Tympanic Membrane, is supposed to vibrate in response to the changes in sound pressure caused by the sound waves. Ear drum is further linked to small, interconnected bones that vibrate in synchronization with the ear drum. All these vibrations are sent to the inner ear by the last one of these bones, known as stapes.
Inner ear contains all the important organs that are responsible for our hearing and balancing. Cochlea, present in the inner ear, converts all the mechanical auditory vibrations to the nerve signals, using hair cells. Hair cells are the filament-like strands of hair, arranged in a manner to respond to variations in sound frequencies. The electrical signals produced by Cochlea are sent to Auditory Cortex that is responsible for understanding the sounds and the information contained by them.
This is the organ that is actually responsible behind the right sense of balancing and spatial orientation, with its semicircular canals. Any problem that occurs here can completely affect a person’s balance. Some of these problems include Tinnitus, Vertigo and Meniere’s Disease.
HEARING & BALANCE
You enjoy life more when you have perfect hearing!
With the right sense of hearing, you can communicate effectively with your loved ones and enjoy interacting more. With improper hearing, life begins to seem dull as you experience many problems. You should not neglect hearing loss symptoms and get your hearing immediately checked by expert audiologists, such as Ear & Hear, that are well-aware of your treatment needs.
We have the right bunch of expert audiologists that work in a close collaboration with otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors) and primary care physicians. Any of the primary and specialty care physicians, ENT doctors and self-referred patients can also refer anyone to us.
Hearing & Balance Services
We perform a quick assessment of hearing and balance disorders, with our testing services including:
- Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing for measuring brain activity in response to sound.
- Comprehensive audiology testing for determining your hearing and balance skills.
- Our team has the ability to create the best customized ear plugs, hearing protection, swim moulds and musician monitors.
- Follow-up newborn hearing screenings for infants who failed the hearing screening after birth.
- Hearing aid fitting and follow-up for determining the best hearing aid for your needs and ensuring that it fits and works correctly.
- Ototoxicity monitoring for assessing the hearing loss so that your physician can adjust your medications if required.