Learning More About Hearing Loss
To understand hearing health and hearing loss, you should first understand how your ear works to capture sound and transmit it to your brain. The outer ear is designed to capture sounds and funnel them into the ear canal. The sounds enter your ear canal, where they cause vibrations in your eardrum. The eardrum has the job of transferring the sound waves from your outer ear to your inner ear.
As the sound passes through the inner ear, it vibrates tiny hair cells that represent individual frequencies or pitches. If you think about the inner ear as a piano, some hairs represent the highest notes on the piano, and some represent the lowest. As the various hairs vibrate, it triggers transmission of those frequencies to your brain for interpretation of what sound you have heard.
Your ability to hear clearly can be impacted by certain medical conditions, genetics, accidents, prolonged exposure to loud noises, or even aging. We’ve developed an educational series to help you navigate hearing health and hearing loss. If you find you have any questions along the way, our hearing consultants are standing by to take your call or chat.
Do you often have to ask family and friends to repeat what they say or have trouble understanding your favorite television shows at a normal volume? Or maybe it’s a challenge for you to follow conversations at a noisy restaurant or party. Do you feel fatigued after social interactions or talking on the phone? If any of these situations sound familiar, you might be suffering from hearing loss. You will likely benefit from having your hearing tested by a certified hearing healthcare professional.
Although a very relevant analogy, unlike optical solutions which often add a second lens between your eyes and the light entering them to correct your vision, most hearing loss conditions relate to the ability of your ears and brain to interpret the sounds received by your ears.
Because the correction in hearing loss is not absolute, there’s no physical “fix” to give you that perfect “20/20” hearing. In other words, hearing loss is very personal and customized for each individual, and the proper testing and fitting of hearing solutions is critical to getting you as close to normal hearing as is possible. Learning more about the conditions that cause hearing loss can be a great first step in jour journey to better hearing.