The Journey of Sound

To understand the process, it’s important to understand the three parts of the human ear and how they work together with your brain.

How Hearing Works

Hearing doesn’t sound like much of an adventure, does it? But let’s take a look —you might be surprised at how much happens when you process even the simplest noise.


01 The Outer Ear

Outer Ear: Sound waves enter your outer ear and travel down your ear canal.


02 The Eardrum

Ear Drum: Sound waves hit your eardrum, causing it to vibrate.


03 The Middle Ear

The tiny bones increase the sound vibrations and send them to a structure in your inner ear called the cochlea.

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04 The Inner Ear

In the cochlea, which is filled with fluid, the vibrations become ripples.

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05 The Cochlea

Deep in your cochlea are hair cells, which have fine finger-like structures called stereocilia perched on top. The ripples cause these hair cells to move up and down as if riding a wave.

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06 Hair Cells

As the hair cells move, the stereocilia bend and receive a rush of chemicals.

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07 Pathway to the Brain

The chemical rush leads to creation of an electrical signal that’s sent along your auditory nerve to the brain, where it’s interpreted as sound.

As you can see, a lot must happen correctly for you to hear something. And that’s why a simple hearing screening paints only one part of the story of your hearing health.

Take Our Guided Hearing Experience

  1. We’ll ask you seven questions about your hearing and lifestyle
  2. We’ll screen your hearing
  3. We’ll share your results

Why You’ll Love the Guided Hearing Experience


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Suggestions are unique to your lifestyle and online hearing screener results.

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An online hearing test is an important step in diagnosing hearing loss, but it can’t replace a comprehensive hearing exam by a professional. Our goal is to provide an accurate hearing loss diagnosis and deliver expert hearing loss solutions that improve your life.

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