How do one hear sound?

How We Hear

To understand hearing loss, it helps to understand how we hear. Your ear is an amazing organ that, very simply put, turns sound waves in the air into information in your brain — and sometimes emotions in your heart.

It can perceive sounds from barely audible to very loud, differentiate their loudness and distance, and pinpoint the direction of a sound source to an amazing degree of accuracy. The short movie on the following page will clearly demonstrate how your ear performs the wonderful task of hearing.

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