Your Ears: How Much Do You Know?

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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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Our ears are incredible and complex organs that enable us to communicate and to decipher all the sounds around us as we move through the world. However, although we rely on them in almost everything we do, most of us do not fully understand the way our ears work or the importance of their roles.

Here at Hidden Hearing, we believe that spreading the word about our awesome ears may encourage people to take care of their hearing organs and protect themselves against hearing loss. There are several simple ways to reduce your risk of developing the condition, including eating a good diet, taking care of your general health and avoiding exposure to loud noises. You can talk to us for more information about protecting your hearing, or book a hearing test with our audiologists today.

Astonishing Facts About Ears:

1. Ears help us to balance. Our ears are vital in maintaining the body’s equilibrium, integrating measurements and communicating with the brain to maintain balance.

2. High frequencies are harder to hear as we age. The hair cells in the ear are a crucial part of the hearing system and those closest to the outer ear begin to deteriorate as we age. These cells are responsible for hearing high frequency sounds, which therefore become harder to distinguish as we get older.

3. The ears contain the three smallest bones in the body. The middle ear contains three tiny bones, known as the malleus, the incus and the stapes. These bones serve to pass sound vibrations to the brain, and hearing loss can result if one of these bones is broken.

4. We need earwax. Earwax may seem unnecessary, but it is performing a vital role by catching the dirt and debris in the outer ear and stopping it from getting into the inner ear.

5. Hearing loss can affect achievement. Statistics show that children who have hearing loss are likely to underachieve throughout their educational lives, and employees who are hearing impaired are also less likely to be considered for a promotion or pay rise.

6. Hearing can be damaged by loud noises. Any sound over 85dB can cause permanent damage to hearing, and this includes listening to music via earphones. It is very important to minimise damage to your ears by reducing your volume and listening time, and by giving your ears regular breaks.

7. Sound travels fast. The speed of sound is much slower than the speed of light, but sound still travels at around 770 miles per hour. Sound waves move through the air as vibrations before entering the ears.

Take A Free Hearing Test At Hidden Hearing In Ireland

Do you think you may have hearing loss? Book a hearing test free of charge with our experienced team of audiologists to find out how we can help.

Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.

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Jim Fulham

About Jim Fulham

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. Find Out More About Jim

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