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Normal Hearing

BY IN Degrees of Hearing Loss On 10-04-2014

How this Level of Hearing Affects an Adult The normal hearing range in adults is from 0 dB hearing level to 25 dB hearing level. Some people with hearing in this range will still have problems in varying situations. The most common situation causing listening problems is background noise. If a person with otherwise normal [...] [...]

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The Brain’s Role

BY IN How We Hear On 10-04-2014

Anatomy Much of the brain cortex is involved in hearing. This is due in part to the complexity of language and the necessity for the brain to make all the connections necessary for this most complex of human feats. In one sense, over two thirds of the cerebral cortex is involved in hearing and language. [...] [...]

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Hearing Nerve

BY IN How We Hear On 10-04-2014

Anatomy The hearing nerve, which courses from the inner ear (cochlea) to the brain stem, is known as the Cochlear Nerve or Cranial Nerve VII (Cranial Nerve #7). This nerve is only 15-20 mm long (less than an inch) and must extend from the ear through a narrow tunnel (the internal auditory meatus) to reach [...] [...]

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Inner Ear

BY IN How We Hear On 10-04-2014

Anatomy The entire inner ear is approximately the size of a medium-large green pea. The two parts of the inner ear function in a similar manner to allow for the sense of hearing and the sense of balance. These small, delicate structures are embedded in the petrous pyramid of the temporal bone of the skull. [...] [...]

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Middle Ear

BY IN How We Hear On 10-04-2014

Anatomy The middle ear consists of 1) three tiny bones connecting the tympanic membrane to the inner ear, 2) the opening of the Eustachian tube leading down and inward to the back of the throat, 3) an air-filled cavity in which these tiny bones reside, and 4) a number of landmarks on the medial (toward [...] [...]

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Outer Ear

BY IN How We Hear On 10-04-2014

Anatomy The outer ear consists of the skin and cartilage. This outer portion is called the pinna or the auricle. It consists of elastic cartilage covered with skin. As we age, the cartilage becomes less elastic and less flexible. The external ear canal is also a part of the outer ear. A person’s ear canal [...] [...]

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How Hearing Works

BY IN How We Hear On 09-04-2014

Hearing Hearing (and the mechanism of hearing) is yet another example of the exquisite design and function that nature has developed. The ear and its hearing mechanism are composed of the tiniest bones within the human body. Both are encased within the hardest bone in the human body. The life sense of hearing incorporates a [...] [...]

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Press Release: CNA Warranty and EPIC Offer the Industry’s Top Hearing Aid Protection Plans

BY IN Employee Benefits On 13-03-2014

CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2014 CNA Warranty & Alternative Risks today announced its agreement with the Ear Professionals International Corporation (EPIC) to offer hearing device protection plans and inland marine insurance policies to hearing aid users. These plans are intended to safeguard the significant investments made by hearing aid users, and offer the most flexible and [...] [...]

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Noise Machines for Infants are Louder than Necessary

BY IN Hearing Loss On 03-03-2014

About a year ago, pediatric otolaryngologist Blake Papsin went into a patient’s room at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He was surprised by the roar of a sleep machine the parents had brought to help their child conk out amid the beeps and buzzes of the hospital. That chance encounter sparked his interest [...] [...]

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Addressing the Critical Issue of Hearing Loss in the Workplace

BY IN Employee Benefits, Hearing Loss On 04-09-2013

Addressing hearing loss in the workplace is a smart business strategy that benefits both employer and employee.  That’s according to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), which announced their finding during the fifth Annual National Employee Wellness Month, which took place last June. BHI is urging employers to include hearing health as part of their workplace [...] [...]

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