The ossicles are tiny bones in the ear which conduct the sound wave vibrations from the ear drum to the inner ear. This converts them to nerve impulses which the brain interprets as sound. The stapes, one of the ossicles, is the smallest bone in the human body.
Sometimes the bones can stiffen with age, for reasons which we don't understand. This is otosclerosis and can lead to deafness and tinnitus. This process is not fully understood and is unfortunately irreversible.
Infection of the middle ear may involve the ossicles which cause deafness. The role of the ossicles is to amplify the vibrations from the eardrum to a level where they can be detected. Excessive levels of noise can lead to deafness through damaging the sensory system of the ear.
This process can be prevented through the judicious use of hearing protection. ZenPlugs Molded Ear Plugs are ideal for use as hearing protection as they are surprisingly comfortable and last for years of normal use. They are great for blocking loud noises and are even comfortable when lying on your side in bed. This is because they are designed particularly not to stick out from the ears.
The powerful built in antibacterial is super-effective when it comes to preventing ear infections. These can occur from overuse of ear plugs. Regular use can lead to overgrowth of bacteria and itchy, sore ears. This can be a precursor for clinical ear infection. The Steritouch antibacterial is effective at killing the bacteria known to cause infections and it is safe for use by humans. The silver-based material lasts for the life of the product.