τῆς ἀκουούσης ... πηγῆς the source （viz. the orifice of the ear） from which sounds flow in upon the sense: cp. Plat. Phaedrus 245c “ψυχή ... πηγὴ καὶ ἀρχὴ κινήσεως.” （Not the stream of sound itself.） δι᾽ ὤτων supplements τῆς ἀκουούσης πηγῆς by suggesting the channel through which the sounds pass from the fount. Cp. fr. 773 βραδεῖα μὲν γὰρ ἐν λόγοισι προσβολὴ ι μόλις δι᾽ ὠτὸς ἔρχεται τρυπωμένου. ἡ ἀκούουσα πηγή, instead of ἡ πηγὴ τῆς ἀκούσεως, is said with a consciousness that πηγή means the organ of hearing, just as we might have τὰ ἀκούοντα ὦτα. Seneca paraphrases: utinam quidem rescindere has quirem vias, Manibusque adactis omne qua voces meant Aditusque verbis tramite angusto patet, Eruere possem, gnata: ... aures ingerunt, quicquid mihi Donastis, oculi （Sen. Oed. 226 ff.）.
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