July 13: Senses: Hearing
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Definition of Hearing
“Hearing is a mechanical sense. It turns physical movement into the electrical signals that make up the language of the brain, translating these vibrations into what we experience as the world of sound. The diversity of sounds we can hear typically ranges from 20Hz (cycles/second) to 20,000Hz..”Dana Foundation
“Hearing is essential for maintaining relationships and connections with friends and family, fully participating in team and community activities, and experiencing life events. Hearing makes it possible to engage, listen, laugh, and enjoy many of the things that help shape your quality of life.”Hearing Center of Excellence
Hearing loss and deafness can result from sound exposure, heredity, ototoxic drugs, accidents, and disease or infection.National Library of Medicine
Causes of Hearing Loss
Here is a brief summary of a part of the lengthy article from the National Library of Medicine
- Noise exposure – “too long, too loud, to close” Too much noise exposure causes inner ear hair loss. Hairs do not refurbish themselves. “An estimated 10 million Americans have suffered irreversible hearing damage due to noise exposure. Another 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise every day.” This is avoidable.
- Aging – loss results from noise exposure, injuries, heredity, illness, and circulatory problems
- Ototoxic drugs – antibiotics and long-term use of aspirin can cause tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
- Bacterial infections that cause a buildup of fluid in the ear which can lead to meningitis – mostly seen in children.
- Ostersclerosis – bone damage in the middle ear
- Ménière’s disease – affects the inner ear and balance
- Heredity – “the number of identified auditory genes was over 60. Scientists have also pinpointed over 100 chromosomal regions believed to harbor genes affecting the hearing pathway.” This research is hoped to lead to replacing bad genes with good ones to cure some hearing losses.
My Experiences with Hearing Loss
- Living with someone with hearing loss is frustrating, and can cause yelling, and misunderstandings.
- Some people enjoy hearing loss. They can plead ignorance, avoid annoying chit-chat, and tune out background noises.
- Hearing aids can be uncomfortable. For some women, the first things they take off when they get home are their shoes or bra. For mom, it was her hearing aides.
- My brother has Ménière’s disease. He develops motion sickness on planes, boats, and cars and gets very sick when jostled by any of the above (like curvy roads and wavy boats). Always travel with Dramamine.
What About Your Experiences?
Do you have some hearing issues or expertise? In your journey to get healthy, what have you discovered? Do you have a poignant story about a pet who has hearing problems or saved the day with his or her sharp hearing?
Ongoing on Always Write
- On July 5th Story Chat proudly announced a new story, “Not a Proper Job” by another new (to us) author, Philip Cumberland AKA Fenlandphil’s Blog It’s had lots of likes so far but not too much chatter. Don’t be shy. Come on by.
- PPAC #54 Prescott Courthouse Square – (Photographing Public Art Challenge) Your choice of art – no theme! Two more days to link.
- Upcoming topics for WQW
- July 20: Animals: Pets or Not
- July 27: Sun/ or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review
- August 3: Water: Rivers
- August 10: Water: Lakes
- August 17: Earth: Mountains, Rocks
- For a list of past WQW posts visit my WQW Page