Our ear is made up of three parts:
Outer ear -Protects the eardrum and collects soundwaves
Middle ear – Main function is to amplify sound
Inner ear – Directly responsible for hearing
Sound is picked up by the outer ear and sent down the ear canal to the eardrum. Sound vibrations cause the eardrum to rock back and forth. Three tiny bones in the middle ear send the sound vibrations to the inner ear. Vibrations from the middle ear cause tiny hair cells in the cochlea to move. These hair cells are connected to the hearing nerve and send the hearing signal to the brain.
The ear canal can become blocked with:
Micro-suction may be the ideal solution for any of these problems. At Hearing Auckland this procedure is performed by ear hygienists, trained in this procedure.
This is hearing loss resulting from a problem located in the outer or middle ear.
Hearing loss caused by a damaged inner ear.
It is also possible to have a conductive hearing loss and a sensorineural hearing loss at the same time.