INNER EAR

THE INNER EAR HAS HIGHLY SPECIALIZED CELLS
The inner ear is a complicated organ that has been regarded by medical researchers and doctors as relatively static, not responsive to treatment and incapable of being healed. Fortunately, that view of the inner ear is incorrect.

In the inner ear there are about 20,000 receptor cells that respond to sound. There are sound receptor cells in the inner ear responding to special frequencies and there are broad band receptors. Together they create a complex impulse flow that is processed in the brain and then experienced as sound.

There are many parts in the inner ear that can be damaged. The inner ear consists of the hearing cells that are receptors of sound waves, there are nerves transporting the electric impulses from and to the ear and brain, synapses, stria vascularis (energy delivery cells) and a number of other cell types. Lutz Wilden has written the homepage Das Gesunde Ohr about the inner ear and the location of damage in it.

Very often patients ask if there is any way to look into the inner ear and view what is damaged. The answer is "No. The audiometric test is still the best way of diagnosing hearing damage, but there are many more things that have to be examined to be able to understand the status of a patient’s ears and their hearing.