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Over 36 million Americans

Suffer from Hearing Loss!

That is over 4 times the amount of people living in New York City!

  • Over 18 million Americans who suffer from hearing loss are younger than 65.

  • Over 5 million children and young adults under the age of 18 suffer from

  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss.

* Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is on the rise in America. Our ears are exposed to higher levels of noise more today than ever before.

SO, How We Hear?

The middle ear is made up of the malleus, incus, and stapes bones. These three bones are the smallest in the body and are collectively known as the ossicles.

 

The ossicles amplify and transfer the sound vibrations from the ear drum to the inner ear.

The inner ear is made up of the semicircular canals and the cochlea. Each part of the inner ear is very different in form and function to the human body.

 

The semicircular canals are the portion of the ear that helps detect movement and maintain balance.

 

The semicircular canals are filled with fluid, and as we move, it is that fluid that allows us to detect the movement and maintain our balance.

Middle-Ear

Middle Ear

Inner Ear

Inner-Ear The-Cochlea

An Audiologist Is…

is a health-care professional specializing in identifying, diagnosing, treating and monitoring auditory disorders. Audiologists are trained to diagnose, manage and/or treat hearing, tinnitus, or balance problems. An audiologist should also be a state licensed health-care professional that holds a doctoral degree in audiology from an accredited university.

  Audiologists perform any of the following functions:

  √ Evaluate and diagnose hearing loss and balance/vestibular disorders

  √ Prescribe and fit hearing aids

  √ Assist in cochlear implant programs

  √ Perform ear- or hearing-related surgical monitoring

  √ Design and implement hearing conservation programs and newborn hearing screening programs

  √ Provide hearing rehabilitation training such as

        · auditory training

        · speech reading

        · listening skills improvement

The outermost part of the ear is called the pinna.

The pinna acts like a funnel directing sound waves

into the ear canal. The sound waves then travel through the ear canal to the ear drum.

 

The sound waves vibrate the ear drum and the vibrations are transmitted to the middle ear.

Outer-Ear

Outer Ear

The cochlea houses the organ of Corti. As sound vibrations move through the cochlea, they vibrate the microscopic hair cells found within the organ of Corti.

 

The vibrations of these hair cells trigger the electrical impulses sent to the brain from the auditory nerve, allowing us to hear.