How Our Hearing Develops

  • September 13, 2019
How Our Hearing Develops

We all know that hearing is the process of sound travelling
through our outer, middle and inner ear. The actuality is that our brain is
what’s responsible for interpreting the sounds we hear. Each part of our ear does
play a critical role in transmitting sound and those abilities develop over the
years since birth. Here are examples of how the ear performs its functions:

Outer ear — the part of the ear you
can see (the pinna) and the ear canal.

Middle ear — the eardrum and three
tiny connected bones (ossicles), which are often called the hammer, anvil and
stirrup make up the middle ear.

Inner ear — consists of the
snail-shaped cochlea and the hearing nerve, as well as semi-circular canals
that help with balance.

Our natural hearing depends on all of these parts working
together. If there are any problems occurring anywhere in this process, you may
experience hearing loss.

The human body is a network of pairs: two eyes, two ears,
nostrils, arms, hands, feet and legs. Our brain uses these pairs to coordinate
and maximize the way the body works.

Ears also work as a duo. Having two ears gives us the
ability to locate sound, distribute volume to tolerate loud sounds, and enjoy a
better quality of sound like hearing in ‘stereo’. Being able to hear with both
ears makes it easier to understand speech as well as tell where the sounds are
coming from.

Hearing is the first step in developing communication
skills. It’s how children learn to recognize a parent. Surprisingly, babies
begin to notice sounds from inside of the womb. Hearing is also an important
part of learning to talk, with children learning through mimicking sounds.

Although hearing isn’t the only way we communicate, hearing
loss impacts how we speak and interact with one another.

Older people with hearing loss are more likely to develop
other problems, such as not being able to think clearly or remember compared to
those with normal hearing. Because the brain interprets sound, when someone
loses hearing, the connections in the brain that respond to sound are not reorganized.

If you feel like you may have experienced hearing loss, visit our website
to schedule an appointment today with one of our hearing healthcare
professionals. Hearing is an important part of life. Let us help you keep your
ears healthy and working to the best of their ability for you and your loved
ones.