Problem with hearing?
First, let’s review how we hear.
Sound normally reaches us as a compression wave traveling through air
at over 700 miles per hour. The external ear (pinna) collects and funnels the sound waves into the ear canal. This concentrated sound energy travels down the external auditory canal to strike the ear drum.. The middle ear includes the ear drum, the middle ear ossicles (bones), and the eustachian tube. The mechanical energy from the ear drum vibration is amplified by the ossicular chain (middle ear bones: malleus, incus, and stapes) and is then transferred to the inner ear which lies deep in the skull (temporal bone). The inner ear is filled with fluid and contains specialized nerve cells that are tuned to frequencies similar to a piano keyboard. There are approximately 21000 of these specialized cells to transmit this frequency specific information into electrochemical nerve impulses that travel through the acoustic nerve to the brainstem and ultimately to the auditory cortex of the brain where sound is interpreted.
This remarkable inner ear organ is no larger than a dime and yet it enables us to functionally communicate with friends and loved ones, enjoy the wondrous sounds and rhythms of nature, and appreciate the beauty of musical artistry. Hearing truly is a gift that deserves our very best efforts to protect and preserve.
Second, make an appointment today!
The doctors at Ocean Hearing Care will evaluate all aspects of your auditory system and provide solutions that meet your specific needs.
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