Did you know there are different parts of your ear? There’s definitely more than meets the eye! From the inner, middle and outer ear, it’s important to protect your ears from loud noises and sounds. This is true regardless what part we’re talking about.

How does the middle ear work?

The middle ear connects with the outer ear through the eardrum and ear canal. The outer ear directs the sound down into the middle ear through the ear canal. The eardrum then picks up the sound, transfers it into kinetic energy and then into wave vibrations to transfer to the inner ear.

The middle ear takes the sound that the ear canal presents it through the eardrum. The eardrum bends and flexes with the sounds and transfers the sound into kinetic energy to travel through the bones of the ear. There are three bones only in the ear and they are the malleus or the hammer, the incus or the anvil and the stapes or the stirrups. These bones work in tandem with the other parts of your ear to produce sound to be received by your brain.

Protecting your ears

So how does one protect the middle ear? Most importantly, protecting the entire ear will help keep the middle ear from being damaged. This means wearing ear protection when working or hanging out in overly loud environments. Specialty headphones or earplugs are both viable ways to protect your ears.

Additionally, avoiding the use of cotton swabs to clean your ear canal is very important when protecting your middle ear. Cotton swabs, especially when used incorrectly, can puncture your eardrum or push debris, dirt or foreign objects further into your ear canal. Cleaning your ears with cotton swabs could puncture or rupture your ear canal. Keep your ears protected by letting your ears do their job – cleaning themselves.

Talk to your audiologist about protecting your ears

If you’re worried you’ve already been exposed to loud or damaging sounds, schedule an appointment with an audiologist in your area today. An audiologist is a hearing health professional who not only treats hearing loss, but also checks the health of your auditory system. If you’re dealing with hearing loss or tinnitus from loud noises, or have impacted earwax, your audiologist will be able to help treat your problem. If you’re next experiencing any signs of ear damage yet, your audiologist can provide products to help you protect your ears the next time you’re immersed in sound.