Introduction to Hearing
Welcome to the website!
Hearing is one of the five special senses, and is extremely important in everyday life. The ear is an ingenious structure, capable of detecting sounds with amplitude smaller than an atom! However, millions of us are affected by hearing loss, either age-related or via injury, so it is crucial for us to understand how this amazing sense works!
The following pages are designed to introduce you to the major events involved in reception of sound and how this is transduced so you can hear it. It's really fun once you get the hang of a few key steps, and hopefully by the time you've browsed the site you will be able to appreciate the fundamentals of auditory physiology.
See how you could be harming your hearing by looking at the scale of sound on the "Nature of Sound" page...
Try out the hearing test on the FAQ page to assess your hearing in the comfort of your home!
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