Hearing Loss Overview
Hearing loss is extremely common.
Understanding healthy hearing and hearing loss may help you or a loved one make the truly life-altering and beneficial decision to seek assistance and treatment sooner.
What Are the Types of Hearing Loss?
What is Healthy Hearing and How Does it Work?
Believe it or not, our auditory system is one of the most complicated processes our body completes each and every day. Unlike our sense of sight or touch, or sense of hearing never shuts off. It’s why fire alarms are auditory and why we use an alarm clock to get up each morning. In order for us to hear even the most minute sound (including every sound in every word) the entire process outlined below must first occur - and occur almost perfectly.
First, auditory waves are collected by the outer ear and enter through the ear canal.
Next, these auditory cause our eardrum as well as three tiny bones in the middle ear to vibrate at a specific frequency.
These vibrations then move into the spiral shaped organ in our inner ear called the cochlea. Fluids inside the cochlea also begin to ripple and vibrate.
The rippling and vibration of the fluid causes tiny and delicate hair-like cells that are located on the fluid to bend and sway.
The specific ways these hairlike cells bend, sway, and move, sends electric signals to our brains for processing. These signals are sent through the auditory nerve.
Once our brains receive these electric signals, we are able to understand and “hear” the noises and sounds around us.
When Does Hearing Loss Occur?
Excess Exposure to Loud Noise
Diseases or Medications
Reach Out to Our Friendly Team Today!
Have you noticed some changes in your hearing? Do you:
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions a consultation is recommended.
If you are in the Cape Cod area, we would love to hear from you. We understand that reaching out for help with your hearing is a difficult and emotional choice - and we hope you give Coastal Hearing Clinic an opportunity to partner with you.