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How Do We Hear?

Hint: it’s not just with the ear!

Did you know that it’s actually our brains that “hear” sound? While the ear plays an important role in both hearing and balance, think of it like a funnel. It  helps capture sounds from the outside world and takes them to our brain for processing.

There are three main parts to the ear:

  • Outer ear: picks up the sound from our outside environment, which turns into sound waves that vibrate down the ear canal.
  • Middle ear: this is where sound waves travel down to vibrate the ear drum, which is connected to three little bones that form what’s known as the ossicular chain. This then pushes the sound into a spiral-shaped area known as the cochlea.
  • Inner ear: Once the sound has reached the cochlea, there are many thousands of little hair cells that vibrate depending on the frequency of sound. This helps convert the sound from being an acoustic signal in our outside environment, to an electrical signal which travels up the auditory nerve pathway to our brain for processing.

Source: Phonak

Check out this video featuring Hear and Say Audiologist, Georgia Cambridge explaining more about how hearing works.

To find out more about how Hear and Say can support your hearing journey, please click here or phone 07 3850 2111.


Maia’s Story

At 9.10pm on 24 October 2013 our beautiful daughter Maia was born. 

The moment of elation was short-lived as we immediately noticed her left ear was missing. I frantically looked to the medical team around me for answers but received none.

Panic set in as we waited 4 days in hospital for an ENT to explain her condition, by which point we already had all the answers from Simone, who runs the Microtia and Atresia Program at Hear and Say.

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