We love music. Whether it be from an ampjacket™ iPhone 5 case, iPad mini case, or iPod touch case, it’s not uncommon to hear music blasting around our office at any given time. Recently, this led us to ponder one of life’s great questions: how do our ears work? After some quick research, we’ve opted to enlighten our fans and explain what exactly is happening on either side of your head when rockin’ out.
Here’s the ‘hearing’ breakdown:
1. The outer ear collects sounds and channels them into the ear canal.
2. These sound waves travel toward a flexible membrane (the eardrum).
3. The eardrum begins to vibrate which causes a cluster of tiny bones in the inner ear to vibrate.
4. From there, these tiny bones stimulate the cochlea, which is filled with fluid that moves in responses to sound waves.
5. This movement sets into motion nearly 25,000 nerve endings, which transform the vibrations into electrical impulses that are then sent to the brain.
6. Our brains interpret these electrical impulses as sounds.
That’s how it works, folks! So, the next time you’re blasting music way too loud, think about the teamwork being exhibited by your ears. They’re extraordinary.