To understand how we hear, you need to know that sounds are visible vibrations that travel through the air. When someone speaks, tree leaves rustle, a telephone rings or anything else creates a ‘sound’, vibrations are sent through the air in all directions. We know them as sound waves.
Almost all sound waves are unique. That’s why each person or thing sounds different and why one person or thing doesn’t always sound the same. Some sound waves might be high pitched or low pitched, loud or soft.
When our ears capture sound waves, they convert them into messages our brains can understand. How well they are captured and
how clearly they are sent to our brains depends on how well our ears work.
THE SECTIONS OF THE EAR
There are three (3) major sections of the ear:
- Outer Ear catches the sound waves and directs them into the middle ear.
- Middle Ear the middle ear transfers sound waves in the air into mechanical pressure waves that are then transferred to the fluids of the inner ear.
- Inner Ear (cochlea) turns pressure waves into sound signals that our brain can understand.
To hear naturally, each part needs to work properly