Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Your Ears and Balance

The hair cells inside your ears change sound to a language the brain can understand. This is how the brain not only identifies a sound, but also can tell how far away the sound is and where it is coming from. In other words, our eyes aren't the only sense to aid in spacial recognition. That's one of the reasons why people who have problems with hearing might also have balance or location issues.

Approximately 100 million nerve cells are responsible for the human interpretation of sound, but all of these signals depend on two ears. The ears work together to create an accurate picture of the environment and locating where sound is coming from. These are things the ears do automatically, in a fraction of a second. Scientist who develop auditory equipment to mimic hearing, therefore have to take into account how to make hearing aids that can achieve this same kind of "sight", allowing those with hearing loss to better see the world.

Today's hearing aids incorporate spatial and locational technologies to give wearers the same organic awareness of environment as natural hearing, and also have the ability to eliminate background noise.

Not having the ability to locate sound or adequately assess spatial environment is not something that is obvious to outside observers. This is why children with hearing loss are often misdiagnosed with ADD or other cognitive issues. Hearing loss can often give the impression not that the person does not hear well, but that the person is not able to correctly interpret, at a normal speed, the world around them. The importance of good hearing cannot be emphasized enough. It's important, especially for children diagnosed with behavioral or cognitive problems, to be tested by a hearing health professional. As this inspirational TedX talk shows. Hearing loss in children is often misdiagnosed.

If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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