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Causes of Hearing Loss

What is sound?

The ear is a versatile instrument, picking up everything from the soft buzzing of a bee's wings to the jarring blare of a car's horn. Everytime we hear these sounds, we're "hearing" vibrations.

First, a sound enters the outer ear and hits the eardrum, causing vibrations. From there, the vibrations travel through to the middle ear and then into the inner ear, where they are translated into electical signals and taken to the brain through the auditory nerve to be processed as sound.

What can diminish our ability to hear?

Our ability to hear can diminish for a variety of reasons, but the two most common are excessive noise exposure and the natural aging process.

Do you have hearing loss?

Take the Hearing Quiz to find out if it's time to see a clinical audiologist.