Defining Microtia and AtresiaThe shape of your outer ear and ear canal affects your ability to hear and localize sounds. Microtia and atresia are congenital conditions that impact the shape of the ear and can cause hearing loss.

Image of a man looking at his reflection in a mirror while he flosses.Forgetting to brush your teeth infrequently or skipping flossing for a couple of days may not seem like a big deal at first. However, your oral hygiene can indirectly affect your hearing health.

How Ear Shape Affects Sound PerceptionA recent suggests the shape of your auricle or outer ear controls how your brain perceives the vertical location of sounds. In other words, your ear shape can affect how well you hear.

A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Hearing LossAccording to the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), about three million children in the United States have lost some of their hearing. By discussing the importance of protecting their hearing, you can help your child form good listening habits to prevent premature hearing loss.

Image of a gray and a black cochlear implant.On the surface, cochlear implants and hearing aids serve a similar purpose. Both devices improve sound interpretation and speech recognition for people with sensorineural hearing loss. But that’s where their similarities end.

How They Work

Hearing aids are inserted into the ear canal to amplify sound before it reaches the inner ear. Each device has a mic, an electronic component to process and amplify sound, a speaker and a battery.

A hearing specialist adjusts hearing aids to interpret specific frequencies. The inner ear receives sounds, converts them into electrical impulses and sends them to the brain for interpretation. Hearing aids are best for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.