Screenshot of an ear from video illustrating how sounds travel from the ear to the brain, where they are interpreted and understood.

Travel through the human ear in this short, animated video. Learn how sound waves are changed to electrical signals that our brains interpret and understand.

A microscopic cell.

People who have lost their hearing may one day be able to get it back, thanks to recent research that uses a new lab recipe to grow inner ear cells.

A young girl wincing as she cleans her ear with a cotton swab.

Earwax in your ear doesn’t need to be cleaned. It is the cleaner!

Screen grab of the article in the January 2015 edition of NIH News in Health

Sounds are all around us—but when they are too loud and too long, they are damaging to our hearing. Be sure to check out the January 2015 edition of NIH News in Health that discusses noise-induced hearing loss and how to prevent it.

A mother teaches her children to play guitar in a field on a sunny day

Music plays a big part in our everyday lives—creating a soundtrack for many of life’s important events. Remember to protect your hearing while enjoying music in all of its forms.

Person snorkeling in the ocean holding a shell

Did you know that we hear much higher pitched sounds underwater? This is because sound bypasses the eardrum when underwater—through a process called bone conduction.

Young girl wearing headphones

Kids and preteens learn how sound is measured, what loud sounds do to their hearing, and three easy steps to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

Tween listening to device with earphones on.

Loud noise can damage part of the inner ear and cause permanent hearing loss. 

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