Your sense of hearing is much more interesting than you may think. It involves your ears picking up sounds and your brain processing the information. This fascinating and often mysterious process does not need to be a secret any longer.
The Three Parts of Your Ear
Soundwaves produced in your environment are collected by your outer ear and funneled into the ear canal. The soundwaves hit the eardrum, creating a vibration. The vibration is passed through the bones of the middle ear until it reaches the inner ear, which translates the vibration into an electrical impulse. These electrical impulses are sent via the auditory nerve to the brain where they are interpreted as sound.
Tiny Hairs of the Inner Ear
The stereocilia are delicate hairs within your inner ear. There are approximately 16,000 of these hairs rolled up inside your cochlea. On one end, the hairs are responsible for translating vibrations from higher pitched sounds, and those on the other end are responsible for lower pitched vibrations.
If a hair cell dies, you lose the ability to hear that specific sound, depending where on the cochlea the hair was located. Unlike other hairs on your body, these hairs will not grow back.
The most common cause of damage to the hair cells is noise-induced hearing loss. Unlike age-related hearing loss, this type can be prevented by wearing protection and limiting your exposure to sounds measuring more than 85 decibels.
Difference Between Right and Left Ear
Your ears handle sound differently. Some experts believe that your right ear responds more to speech and logic while your left is more in tune to music, emotion and intuition.
Ears Work Together
Hearing out of both ears helps your brain determine where sounds are coming from, which can provide a more balanced and natural quality of sound. This is known as binaural hearing.
To learn more about your hearing or to schedule an appointment with a hearing professional, contact the experts at Central Florida Hearing Services today.