• Anthony Piggott | Piggott's Pharmacy

Pharmacy Matters: How Loud Is too Loud?

National Hearing Awareness Week is an annual event held to raise much-needed funds for Deafness Forum Australia and provides an opportunity to raise community awareness of hearing impairment and ways to protect your hearing. It also serves as a reminder to us all that the ears are much more than a couple of fairly useful appendages on either side of our head. The ear is a complex piece of equipment consisting of many parts – not just the visible exterior section – and is responsible not only for hearing but for maintaining balance as well.

The outer ear captures sound waves which are converted into mechanical energy by the eardrum and the tiny muscles and bones in the middle ear. The inner ear changes this mechanical energy into nerve impulses which are then transmitted to the brain. These nerve impulses are the messages we decipher as sound.