"I am just as deaf as I am blind. The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus-- the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir, and keeps us in the intellectual company of man." - Helen Keller
The cochlea is the "retina of the ear." It changes sound waves to electrical impulses, and impulses are the language the brain understands. Just as there are dead spots in the retina that can create holes in your vision, dead hair cells cannot produce audiometrically useful frequencies, therefore causing the loss of ability to hear those frequencies. To be able to restore sound to even one human being makes the lives of a Hearing Instrument Specialist or an Audiologist who specializes in the fitting of hearing aids especially important.
We need to look at hearing aids as tools to better hearing just like getting glasses improves failing vision. It is up to the individual to take care of their hearing by seeking professional help to correct hearing problems as soon as they are noticed. While hearing aids are not a cure, they are therapeutic tools that are extremely beneficial to hearing therapy.
Join the History of Hearing Museum to go back in time! See the time of the ear trumpet and ear horn to today's remarkable technology. You may marvel at the crudity of the earlier hearing aids, but for their time they were no more grotesque than some medical treatments for deafness. Marvel at the hearing assistance devices from yesteryear. As technology advanced the first "transistor hearing aids" appeared late in 1953, then smaller and smaller hearing aids were possible. As you venture through the museum, you will discover how the evolution of hearing devices have impacted so many lives. It's amazing to see how far technology has come, from cupping your hand around your ear to the tiny in-the-ear hearing devices. Enjoy full displays with an expert curator on staff for an informative experience. Come visit us at 628 E. Commercial Street in Springfield, Missouri.
Admission is free, but monetary donations and any items related to the cause of hearing is very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing and hearing you stop by!
|Address||628 E. Commercial St., Springfield, MO|
|Hours of Operation||Mon-Wed, Fri 9am-4pm|
|Price||Free, donations accepted|
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