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How does hearing work?

The structure of the inner ear is fascinating, but how exactly does hearing work?

Ear Anatomy

Ear Anatomy - Healthy Hearing - Dilworth Hearing

Sound waves are collected. The outer ear collects sound waves and funnels them through the ear canal.

Sound waves reach the middle ear. This is made up of the eardrum and three tiny bones. The sound waves cause the eardrum to vibrate and sets the bones in motion.

The stirrup bone vibrates against the fluid-filled cochlea. This causes thousands of sensory ‘hairs’ to bend. The movement of these ‘hairs’ creates signals that are transmitted via nerves to the brain’s hearing centre and interpreted as sound.

Hearing is a complex and delicate process, which is why only experienced health professionals can accurately diagnose and treat your hearing problems.

Get in touch with us today to book your FREE hearing screening and find out how our qualified audiologists can assist with your hearing concerns.

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