What is the fundamental frequency for human ear sensitivity?

In summary, hearing loss can be caused by various factors such as genetics, loud noise exposure, aging, ear infections, and medications. The three main types of hearing loss are conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. While some types of hearing loss can be prevented, others may be genetic or age-related. Hearing loss is typically diagnosed through a physical examination, review of medical history, and hearing tests. Treatment options include hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, surgery, and alternative strategies such as lip-reading or sign language.
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The human ear canal is about 2.8 cm long, if it is regarded as a tube that is open at one end and closed at the eardrum, what is the fundamental freq. around which we would expect hearing to be most sensitive? Take the speed of sound to be 340 m/s.

Is it:

wave speed = frequency x wave length

340 = f x 2.8 etc.? Not real sure. Thanks for any help in advance.
 
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Think about the wavelength of the fundamental if the tube is closed at one end and it is 2.8cm long.
 
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sorry not really getting you.. :confused:
 

1. What causes hearing loss?

Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, exposure to loud noise, aging, ear infections, and certain medications.

2. What are the different types of hearing loss?

The three main types of hearing loss are conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. Conductive hearing loss is caused by a problem in the outer or middle ear, while sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the inner ear or auditory nerve. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

3. Can hearing loss be prevented?

Some types of hearing loss, such as noise-induced hearing loss, can be prevented by avoiding exposure to loud noises and wearing ear protection. However, other types of hearing loss may be genetic or age-related and cannot be prevented.

4. How is hearing loss diagnosed?

Hearing loss is typically diagnosed through a combination of a physical examination, a review of medical history, and hearing tests such as pure tone audiometry and speech audiometry.

5. How is hearing loss treated?

The treatment for hearing loss depends on the cause and severity of the loss. Options include hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, and surgery. In some cases, no treatment may be necessary, and the individual may benefit from strategies such as lip-reading or learning sign language.

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