We used to believe hearing loss was a normal part of the aging process. Today we know hearing actually happens in the brain and our ears function more like funnels for sound. So, in simple and understandable terms, sounds around us are detected by our outer ear, the funnel. Sound waves then travel from the outer ear, through to the middle ear. The ear drum then takes these sounds waves, amplifies them and turns them into vibrations. As the trickle effect continues, the vibrations travel to the inner ear. Within the inner ear there are tiny inner ear hair cells. These cells translate the vibrations into neural signals, which are then sent to the brain. The brain then interprets the neural signals it recognizes and we understand what we are hearing.