• Hearing-impaired Birding

    28 days ago - By Ornithology

    As my body and mind accumulate the years, physical and sensory functions begin to decline. At about the age of 37, one needs to wear glasses to read. Balance begins to slip in the 50s, declines in walking speed become evident in the 60s and 70s. Then there is hair loss, age spots, and a loss of bone marrow. Taste buds are less sensitive. If you take care of your teeth, they should last you a lifetime. Hearing, well, that's a different issue and one that is pertinent to birdwatching.
    We have hair cells in our cochlea, the curled organ in our ears filled with fluid. The fluid vibrates with...
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