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How You Hear

Your ear has three basic sections: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.

The outer ear is responsible for collecting sound waves, which pass along the ear canal and strike against the eardrum. The eardrum vibrates, and the vibrations pass along the middle ear chamber by means of three tiny bones called “ossicles”, leading to the inner ear.

The inner ear is a fluid-filled space, which contains approximately 40,000 microscopic nerve fibers known as hair cells. The vibrations stimulate the hair cells and then electrical signals are sent to the brain where they are heard as sounds.

Want to learn more?

Click here to learn about the types and causes of hearing loss.
Click here to take a “Hearing Assessment Quiz.”
Click here to learn what happens during a Hearing Evaluation appointment.
Click here to learn about digital hearing instruments.
Click here to compare the various levels of digital hearing aid technology.

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