Wow, I can't believe it's been 10 years since I took the biggest leap of my life, to leave my family behind and move across the world to the land down under. It was the scariest thing I ever did, but one of the best leaps I have ever taken! Shout out to all the wonderful people I met, and still have the opportunity to keep in touch with. We were a small class, filled with amazing people, of various different backgrounds and undergrads, and had some pretty amazing professors!
We've talked a lot about noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) and it's effect on our hearing. In our inner ear inside the structure called the "cochlea", we have thousands of hair cells. These are what get damaged, causing permanent hearing damage. An analogy I always use is, you can think of those hair cells as grass. You can only step on grass so many times before it dies, or breaks right? In the same way, the hair cells can only take so much loud sound, before they damage or