How the Ear Works

An interesting fact of life is that our ears don't actually hear anything (just like our eyes don't see). Rather, it is in our brain that sounds begins to take shape. And that fact raises an interesting question. If our ears don't hear, then what do they do?

The answer is communicate.

It turns out that your brain doesn't understand sound. Sound travels in waves and your brain speaks (yes speaks) via electrical signals. That is where your ear comes in. Your ear is a translator, picking up on the various sound waves that come its way and translating them into the language of electrical signals that the brain understands.

Not an easy task, but one that the ear beautifully pulls off.

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