These are some of the outer hair cells in your inner ear that amplify sounds and help you hear. When these are gone you're SOL and have to wear hearing aids. So turn down your ipods and get some good noise canceling headphones!!!
The science behind hearing loss The cochlea in our inner ear contains 15,000 tiny, hair-like structures called “stereocilia”, or hair cells. There are two types: auditory and vestibular, responsible for hearing and balance respectively. Auditory hair cells function by bending in response to sound, and their movements are transmitted as electrical signals to the brain, which interprets them as sound. When these hair cells are damaged or killed, it can cause permanent hearing loss—
New Global Campaign Takes on Noisy Leisure Activities
Today, on International Ear Care Day, the World Health Organization is elevating the profile of hearing loss—specifically noise-induced hearing loss—by launching a new campaign called Make Listening Safe.