Understanding How We Hear

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Jim Fulham

Jim Fulham

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Mr Jim Fulham, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist with Hidden Hearing, has been an audiologist for the past 30 years and is highly recognised as a conscientious and caring professional. Jim has been with Hidden Hearing since 2000 and took control of the Cavan Branch in 2013. This Branch is now recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Hearing Care in Ireland.

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The human ear is extraordinary, and the way that we hear and process the sounds around us is nothing short of amazing. The hearing system is complicated and delicate, and understanding how we hear can help you to understand hearing loss and how hearing aids work.

Here at Hidden Hearing, we work with clients with many different types of hearing loss, and we know that most people are surprised by how tiny and effective modern digital hearing aids are. We have a great range for you to try, and we will work with you to find the best solution for you and your lifestyle.

Understanding How We Hear

  1. Outer Ear Image Hidden HearingThe outer ear. The outer ear is the part of the ear that we can see, and it is this organ that collects the sound vibrations around us and funnels them into the ear canal and along to the ear drum, or tympanic membrane. The outer ear is shaped in order to collect sound most effectively.
  2. The middle ear. The eardrum vibrates when sound waves reach it, and this causes the three tiny bones in the middle ear to vibrate and move in turn, moving the fluid in the cochlea.
  3. The inner ear. The fluid inside the cochlea moves the tiny hairs inside the inner ear, and this creates nerve impulses, which pass to the brain via the auditory nerve. In the hearing centre of the brain, these impulses are decoded into words, music or other sounds.

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is very common, and happens when any part of the hearing system is compromised. Temporary hearing loss may be caused by a blockage in the ear canal, and permanent damage may result from exposure to loud noises or medications that damage the hairs inside the ear.

If you experience hearing loss, it is very important to make an appointment to see an audiologist. Untreated hearing loss can cause many problems, including cognitive decline and dementia. Hearing aids can resolve these problems and reverse damage, but this will be more effective if hearing is not allowed to deteriorate further.

Book A Free Hearing Check-Up at Hidden Hearing

If you are concerned about hearing loss for yourself or for a loved one, we suggest that you book a free hearing check-up as soon as possible. Our friendly team will be on hand to help you through the process, and we have a wide range of hearing aids for you to try.

Hidden Hearing is the leading private provider of hearing care solutions in Ireland, with a national network that includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. Pop into your local branch today, or contact Hidden Hearing online.

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Understanding How We Hear
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