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About Hearing

Learn how hearing works, how hearing loss occurs and how one can measure and recognise its effects – and the possible effects on others.

We consider how hearing loss can lead to isolation, and why it is wise to get an objective and professional view in order to allay any concerns and understand what can be done.

Leightons, we have always been proud to say, is the best place to talk about hearing.

Browse through the menu at the top to read more about specific topics. Alternatively, you can book an appointment with one of our Hearing Care Experts for a full Free Hearing Assessment.

The ins and outs of our ears

Wondering how our hearing works? Your ears consist of three main parts: the outer, middle and inner ear.

  • Sound waves enter the outer ear and travel down the ear canal to the eardrum, causing it to vibrate.
  • The vibrations are passed through three tiny bones (hammer, anvil and stirrup) located in the middle ear.
  • The cochlea (organ of hearing containing thousands of tiny hair cells) sense the sound vibrations and convert them to nerve signals.
  • The brain translates these signals into what we experience as sound. These signals tell our brain what the sound is and if it’s soft or loud.

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How to protect you hearing

The best way to avoid developing noise-induced hearing loss is to keep away from loud noise as much as you can. The louder the sound, the less time you can safely listen to it.

Here are 6 simple ways to protect your hearing

  1. Limit the amount of time you spend in loud environments
  2. Wear earplugs or other hearing protective devices when involved in any loud activity
  3. Protect your children’s ears using special ear defenders or limit their exposure to it
  4. Be watchful of the volume level when you listen to music devices. Use the 60:60 rule – listen to your music at 60% of the maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes a day
  5. Give your ears a break from loud noise for 24 hours after excessive exposure
  6. Invest in a set of noise cancelling earphones. These block out background noise and let you listen to your music at a lower volume.