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Where can people with hearing loss find current information, long-term support and tools for self-advocacy? The ear is designed to hear sound, with the most important sound for humans probably being speech. Sound waves strike the eardrum, causing it to vibrate (like a drum) and changing the acoustic energy into mechanical energy.
The stapes moves like a piston in the oval window of the cochlea creating a mechanical-hydraulic energy. The fluid movement within the cochlea causes membranes in the cochlea to move against some particular cells.
This movement creates an electrochemical signal which is sent via the auditory nerve up through the central auditory nervous system to the brain, where sound is interpreted. The outer ear is made up of the pinna or auricle, that is, the visible  piece on the outside of the head, and the ear canal, which ends at the tympanic membrane or eardrum. Fact: Humans are very good at knowing whether sounds are to their left or right, and pretty good at front versus back. First, the wax and hairs in the canal are designed to keep out things that shouldn’t be there, such as bugs. The area where the ‘cartilaginous’ and ‘bony’ canal regions meet is called the osseocartilaginous junction.
Movement of 1 billionth of a centimeter is sufficient to be heard by someone with normal hearing (this is the width of a hydrogen atom!).
The middle ear is a space that is normally filled with air that is a bit larger than an aspirin tablet.
The ossicles are the smallest bones in the human body and all three bones can fit on a dime with space left over.
The Eustachian tube travels from the middle ear space to nasopharynx (throat) and is lined with mucosa. The middle ear has a critical role in hearing by moving the sound energy from the outer ear (acoustic energy) to the inner ear (fluid or hydraulic energy).
The inner ear lies in a hollowed out portion of the temporal bone, the hardest bone in the human body.
The inner ear is made up of two pieces, the vestibular  organ and the organ of hearing, the cochlea.
The vestibular system works with the eyes, and  there are eye reflexes that occur when people turn their heads. The balance system, then, is made up from the vestibular system in the inner ear, the eyes (and all the wiring in between these), as well as the proprioception system. The inner hair cells are important for hearing because they ‘transduce’ sound, that is, they convert the sound into neural impulses that are sent to the brain. Thomas Nemeth's temporary hearing loss was restored thanks to quick action by Sanford Health doctors.
However, non-speech sounds are also important to help us understand our environment and for safety.
The ear canal is about 1? inches long and has an “S” shape, but everyone has  some variation even between their own two ears.


If someone touches an instrument to this portion of the canal, you will know it and it can hurt. This job is that they act like a filter to emphasize information in the speech frequency region, making it easier to understand speech. In the ear diagram below you can see the middle ear space, the ossicles, or the three ear bones, which are named the:  malleus (hammer), incus (anvil) and stapes, (stirrup).
This transformation is hard because 99 percent of the acoustic energy will bounce off the surface of a fluid and not enter the fluid.
In the top right cartoon the inner ear structures are in light and dark pink; the ossicles are dark blue. The outer hair cells are critically important for hearing because they actually move and help amplify very soft sounds so humans can hear them. Nemeth, who curls on a regular basis, said losing part of his hearing for a short time has helped him appreciate the importance of good hearing. Birds chatter here and there as they dart across the sky from one branched cover to another. Ear wax can build-up in the external ear passage (which runs from the outer part of the ear to the eardrum) and cause temporary deafness. Think about not being able to hear your telephone ring, crosswalk signals, car horns, the ‘back-up’ beep on commercial trucks and your baby cry. The following are different types of energy that travel through the ear to make hearing possible. The auricle also helps localize sound sources, especially helping people figure out if a sound is in front of them or behind them.
Second, the wax and hairs are designed to move any debris that does get into the canal out of the canal.
By and large there is little reason to place instrumentation into this region of the canal.
When the mandible overrides its normal position, it can apply pressure to this junction and contribute to temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ disorder. Closest to the outside of the head is skin that is continuous with the skin of the ear canal; the skin on the eardrum is much thinner, however, and we can see through the drum. When the Eustachian tube isn’t working correctly, a person can feel stuffed up or might develop an earache. Anytime energy moves from one type of medium, such as air, to a different medium, such as liquid, part of the energy is lost due to an impedance mismatch.
People with their head and ears cannot respond because they didn’t hear “Marco.” That same phenomenon is going on in the ear all the time and the ossicles are what help transition the sound from air to fluid. The outer labyrinth is called the osseous or bony labyrinth (orange in the diagram) and is filled with a fluid called perilymph.
This orientation is important because it allows people to feel any rotation their bodies or heads make in any direction. This amplifying action also creates something called ‘otoacoustic emissions’ (OAEs), discussed in a separate module. I relish the soft sounds of nature and find myself listening intently to her calls bouncing through Newport?s Back Bay. Louis, will give two lectures on small-scale hydropower and the regulatory environment in Indiana State University?s Cunningham Memorial Library?s Events Area on March 6. Treatment involves the use of a softening agent such as warm olive oil or a similar substance.
In addition this region is lined with ceruminous (wax) glands, sebaceous glands (sweat glands) and small hairs.
Allergies, upper respiratory infections as well as other causes can block the Eustachian tube and cause ear symptoms. If people did not have the middle ear and the ossicles, we would lose about 35 decibels of sound.


The membranous labyrinth (blue in the diagram) is housed completely inside the bony labyrinth and is filled with a fluid called endolymph. The auditory system is the only sense system in which sensory cells, that is, cells designed to pick up information from the environment, can move in response to an incoming stimulus. I can even hear the lizards as they swizzle across the path and rustle through the native bush.
The reason for this warning is that instead of getting wax out of the canal, most people unknowingly shove the wax deeper in. The radial fibers are like bicycle spokes, from center to edge, while the concentric fibers are circles.
In reality all five of these motion sense organs are working at the same time, just in different amounts, depending on how people are moving in space.
These two types of fibers are interwoven, providing the toughness of the drum and making it resistant to punctures and damage, although it can be injured. With the ossicles  humans are able to recapture or maintain about 30-33 of those decibels, which means that we can hear much softer sounds than we otherwise would. I hear a rumbling noise and soon above me a jet plane obscures part of the sun as its earsplitting engine bellows its supremacy against gravity, lifting it ever higher into the day sky. As you might suspect, balance problems can be quite debilitating, limiting mobility for the affected individual.
It creates a muted backdrop as I watch a flight of terns lift off the water yet hear nothing, their zwreep-zwreep sound lost behind the Doppler waves booming by. Though the deafening sounds of a jet engine are not very enjoyable, all sounds in general are wonderful because they make our beautifully colored, constantly moving world explode into life.
Yet keeping our ears fit as a fiddle is usually not a priority, and off we go, forgetting the importance of this organ until a cold stuffs it up, an earache alerts us or hearing loss prompts a litany of ?what??
Eardrum vibrates, tiny ear bones resonate and nerve impulses race to the brain for the interpretation of the sound wave. These tiny hair cells are made more vulnerable under certain conditions such as aerobic exercise. Blood diverts away from our ears to our legs, arms and heart when exercising and makes the tiny hairs more vulnerable to noise.
Normal conversation resonates at 60 decibels, a vacuum cleaner at 90 and a jackhammer at 120. If you are frequently exposed to noise that makes it difficult to hear someone a couple of feet away speaking in a normal conversational voice, you are hovering in and around 90 decibels and that could be damaging. And after very loud noise where high-pitched ringing is present in the ears, this temporary hearing loss can turn permanent if it happens two or more times a week. Yes the yellow wax is unsightly, but using swabs deep inside the ear can cause wax to be pushed further inside, causing it to compact and get infected. Essential oils such as lavender, cajeput, tea tree, and thyme are all very effective for earaches?one drop of essential oil per teaspoon of olive oil.
Garlic infused in olive oil is also a wonderful remedy that is antimicrobial and helps battle infections. Also for good measure, rub the oil behind the ear where a bump protrudes (the mastoid bone), the place where the middle ear rests inside your head. And cut down on fats, salt, sugar, alcohol, aspirin, caffeine, tobacco, and fried foods, since these foods raise cholesterol levels and high cholesterol can cause inner ear problems. And with a little ginger, garlic turmeric and raw pineapple eaten throughout your weekly menu, you can help the immune system do its job of keeping a healthy body, and your ears unplugged for all the sounds that life can bring.



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