Hearing is one of the five senses. It is a complex process of picking up sound and attaching meaning to it. The ability to hear is critical to understanding the world around us.
The human ear is a fully developed part of our bodies at birth and responds to sounds that are very faint as well as sounds that are very loud. Even before birth, infants respond to sound.
The ear can be divided into three parts leading up to the brain – the outer ear, middle ear and the inner ear.
The temporal lobe of the brain then interprets these electrical signals as sound.