How we hear
How sound waves become a listening experience
Every sound that reaches our ears is transferred to the brain in a complex, yet extremely fast, process. We do not consciously experience sound waves as sound until this information reaches our brain. Even when viewed in the simplest of terms, the process of transferring the acoustic stimulus is both sophisticated and ingenious. Let us follow a sound as it makes its way from your outer ear to your consciousness.
Did you know?
Cleaning the ear or ear canal with a cotton swab can cause the ear canal to close, which can lead to a hearing impairment.