Hearing & Hearing Loss
It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the UK experience problems with their hearing.
Our ears do amazing things that we can often take for granted.
They are made up of 3 sections, the outer, the middle and the inner ear. They work closely together to turn sound waves into electrical impulses to the brain. The brain then translates these impulses into the sounds we hear.
Sound enters the outer ear and passes down to the ear drum. The ear drum vibrates and sends the sound through to the middle ear where the 3 small bones (ossicles) increase the sound and pass it to the inner ear.
The inner ear contains the cochlea and the balance mechanism. The cochlea contains fluid and hair cells. These hair cells turn the vibrations into electrical impulses and then off to the brain via the auditory nerve.
The brain then translates the electrical impulses into the sounds we know. Remarkable!
We can hear in the range of 20 Hz to 20 KHz but if the hair cells become damaged we will suffer from hearing loss. This loss is called sensori neural hearing loss. We can also suffer from hearing loss if the outer or middle ear become blocked or damaged. This is referred to as a conductive loss. A combination of both types of loss could occur and this is called a mixed loss.
- Always protect your hearing from loud noise. Particularly if you work in a noisy environment or attending music concerts
- Have your hearing checked every 2 years, just like you would with your eyesight.
- Consider the use of good quality hearing aids. It is proven that wearing good quality hearing aids helps slow down the natural deterioration of your hearing over time.