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Understanding Auditory Development

In this section, you will learn about the parts of the auditory system, and how they work to convey sound to the brain. Some parts of the auditory system are complete at birth and don’t change, but other parts that process more complex sounds develop, mature and then gradually deteriorate over a person’s entire lifespan. Early, plentiful and meaningful exposure to sound (especially spoken language) is crucial to ensure that the auditory system is able to perform the complicated job of helping us understand the world of sound that is around us 24/7. Good hearing in later years through the use of amplification is also important for memory, social interactions, and maintaining a vibrant, healthy lifestyle in retirement.

This section also provides information on the different types of hearing loss and their causes.