Does the Inner-Ear function the same as Short Term Memory?

Researchers have found that sounds create after vibrations inside of our ears. Apparently we still hear sounds after the sound has stopped.

We have little tiny hair on the inner part of our ears and it was previously presumed that they only moved when they were directly affected by sound waves. Well after this recent study, we now know that there are after vibrations in the ear and these supposedly act as a form of mechanical archive or even short term memory in the inner ear.

What is Short Term Memory?

For those of you who don’t know what short term memory is then hold your horses, we’ll explain it for you now. You have different kinds of memory short term, working and long term memory. All of which are able to store things for a certain amount of time.

Long term memory is pretty self explanatory, it’s when you store things in your mind for a seemingly unlimited amount of time and you don’t have a capacity, you’re able to store an unlimited amount of information.

Working memory is basically the ability to keep information current in your mind for a short period of time so that you can complete a certain task, or have a conversation.

Short term memory is when you keep a small amount of information in mind and keep it in an active state for a short period of time so that you can use that information for something.

So if it is true that your inner ear acts as a short term memory then it must have the ability to remember the sounds that you have heard and react to them, even though you’re not actually hearing them. Pretty amazing when you think about it! Or if you’re deaf, you could just look at getting one of a number of different hearing aids fitted.