All About Ears & Hearing

As one of your five senses, how important is your hearing?

Your hearing connects you to the wider world, even if you are not participating in a conversation, if you are aware it is happening you are involved.  Hearing helps you gather information, form opinions, make arrangements, engage with people and be in tune with your surroundings and wider environment.

The hearing organ is a complex and delicate instrument that has to cope with whatever is “thrown at it”.  From the tiniest whimper to a jet engine, our hearing system has to process, decipher and interpret a myriad of incoming signals.

As human beings our hearing organ has evolved to best cope with human communication.  With two ears conveniently placed on the side of our head, a delicately developed outer ear designed to collect and enhance speech, an automatic built-in reflex to protect your hearing, as much as possible from loud noise and a hearing range targeted at speech frequencies, a truly remarkable system.  As with all complex processes – when working well, we don’t even notice it, let alone marvel at it’s achievements, it is only when things start to go wrong that we have a deeper appreciation of it and its amazing function.

How Do We Hear? Sound consists of vibrations of the air known as ‘sound waves’. The ear is able to pick up these vibrations and convert them into electrical signals that are sent to the brain.

Most hearing loss occurs gradually, so the symptoms are often difficult to recognise. People might begin turning up the volume on the TV or asking people to repeat themselves.

If you feel that you would like to have your hearing tested, you can call us on 01494 733840 to make an appointment, with or without a medical referral. The Hearing Aid Suitability Assessment is £60 and will take approximately 60 minutes.

The chart above is an example of an audiogram which is used to plot the results of a hearing test and to establish your hearing threshold. Hearing is tested at different frequencies – usually from a low tone of 250 Hz (hertz) up to 8000 Hz and aims to affirm the quietest sound heard at each frequency.

Hearing loss can be divided into two basic types, conductive and sensorineural. Mixed loss is a combination of the two basic types. There are other types of hearing losses that cannot be categorized into the two basic types as they occur beyond the hearing organ and are a brain processing malfunction.

At Aston Hearing we treat hearing problems holistically. The fitting of a hearing system is just one element of the service we offer. A period of rehabilitation, consultation and adjustment is required to help adjust to a whole new way of listening.