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Ear Anatomy

Before we can understand hearing loss – it’s important to just simply understand our hearing. The following will help you visualize the parts of our ears involved when we hear.

 The Human Ear, External Ear Canal ,Ossicles,Tympanic Membrane, Labyrinth, Balance Nerve, Middle Ear Space, Eustachian Tube, Cochlea, Hearing Nerve, Facial Nerve  Leading Causes of Hearing Loss. Adults: Excessive noise exposure, presbycusis-aging process, heredity, vascular and circulatory disorders, tumors and other space occupying lesions.  Children: Middle Ear Problems, before age six, 90% of all children will  suffer from otitis media craniofacial anomalies, family history of hearing loss, congenital infections  Other: Bacterial Meningitis, head trauma, ototoxic medications, childhood infectious diseases, mumps, measles

Now let’s take a look at how these parts work together to produce sound.

Symptoms of hearing loss. Asking people to repeat, strained personal relationships – denial, misunderstanding conversations, social withdrawal, fatigue and stress, difficulty understanding children, turning up the volume on the TV.  Hearing Loss. Sound vibrations are collected by the ear and are funneled through the ear canal to the eardrum. Sound waves cause the eardrum to vibrate. The three bones of the middle ear transmit and amplify the vibrations to the oval window of the inner ear. Conductive loss generally occurs in the middle ear area. Fluid in the inner ear stimulates special nerve endings called hair cells, represented by the piano keys. Damage to these hair cells is a leading cause of sensorineural hearing loss. Electrical imp

We hope that understanding how hearing works, helps remove some of the fear and stigma surrounding hearing loss.

For more information on hearing and hearing loss, book an appointment at Living Sounds Hearing Centre today!

Klinton Pilling, BC-HIS
Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences
Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner

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