The sound journey begins when the waves enter the outermost part of your ear, the visible portion. The waves are then directed down the ear (auditory) canal. Your ear canal is a tube lined with microscopic hairs and tiny glands that work to make earwax.
When the waves reach the end of your ear canal, they’re in your middle ear. Most hearing loss is caused by disarray in the middle ear because the middle ears function is to amplify sound. The middle ear is made up of the eardrum and three little bones: the layman/hammer, anvil, and stirrup. Sound waves hit the eardrum making it shake creating a chain effect.
The chain begins with the eardrum shaking, moves the hammer. The hammer moves the anvil, which moves the stirrup. All this moving & shaking transmits the vibrations into your inner ear. The inner ear is includes the hearing nerve & cochlea.
The inner ears sole purpose is to convert sound waves into nerve impulses. These impulses travel to the brain utilizing the movement of tiny hair cells. Finally, It’s the brain that gives you the ability to hear.
If any part of the process isn’t functioning properly, your hearing experience can be altered. Wolfpack Hearing Clinic is here to ensure your sound waves make the journey safely. Contact us today for a hearing consultation.