Sound is Touch, at a Distance

Why do we speak of feeling music even though it is experienced through our sense of hearing? Maybe hearing should be more broadly defined to include the experience of touch. After all, it is actually the sound waves, first collected by the outer ear, which enter the ear canal, bump up against the ear drum, which vibrates, moving a series of tiny bones in the middle ear. Then the vibrations reach the inner ear, to the cochlea which is a fluid filled tube, from which the fluid vibrates tiny hairs called cilia. The cilia are attached to auditory nerves which then signal the brain to process these signals into sound! Just listen and feel the vibrations.So, sound is touch, isn’t it? ~Michelle Qureshi


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