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TED Talk – How does your hearing work?

how does hearing work science - TED Talk cover on The Science of Hearing

We love this short TED talk briefly explaining how our hearing works, with simple animation. The video is only 5 minutes to watch and makes you realise just how important every tiny element of our auditory system is, and why it is so important to protect our hearing!


We hear with our brain, not our ears. Our ears are responsible for delivering sound to our brain, which then needs to process that sound and make sense of it. Whenever any element of our auditory system is not working, the entire system shifts off-balance. When the brain is no longer receiving the correct signals, the cognitive load on our brain increases to make sense of those off-balance signals. This increase in cognitive load, experienced with every sound that is heard 24/7, can lead to a decrease in cognitive wellbeing and an increase in mental health problems.

At Cubex, our approach is to look at the whole person, not just their hearing impairment. Our assessments don’t just look at the auditory system delivering sound signals to the brain. We also consider the cognitive load on the brain and impact on a person’s psycho-social-emotional health and wellbeing.

Increased cognitive load can lead to stress, fatigue, social isolation and depression, and we know that to help a patient with a hearing condition, we have to treat these symptoms too, not just the auditory problem. That is what makes Cubex different from other Audiologists, and why we maintain such loyal and lasting relationships with all of our patients who receive our care through our highly person-centred hearing treatment plans.

Learn more about hearing health & cognitive wellbeing at Cubex, or speak to us to arrange a consultation.

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