Hearing is a gift. Sound waves travel through the outer ear, through passageways and to the eardrum. The vibrations and sound waves are sent to three little bones and cause ripples to the cochlea fluid, which allow hair cells to create an electrical signal that is finally sent to and translated as sound by the brain. Damage and death of these hair cells leads to loss of hearing. The hair cells do not grow back, so we must take good care of them if we want to keep hearing the world around us.
Earbuds and headphones, radios, speakers, computers, televisions and phones are modern inventions that the body didn’t plan for, but we can. The two of us have become conscious of our noise production and consumption. We read sounds over 85 decibels can cause damage and choose now keep our music to a peaceful medium-low.