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The ear is the organ of hearing and balance. The parts of the ear include:
External or outer ear, consisting of:
Pinna or auricle. This is the outside part of the ear.
External auditory canal or tube. This is the tube that connects the outer ear to the inside or middle ear.
(also called the eardrum). The tympanic membrane divides the external ear from the middle ear.
(tympanic cavity), consisting of:
Ossicles. Three small bones that are connected and transmit the sound waves to the inner ear. The bones are called:
Eustachian tube. A canal that links the middle ear with the back of the nose. The eustachian tube helps to equalize the pressure in the middle ear. Equalized pressure is needed for the proper transfer of sound waves. The eustachian tube is lined with mucous, just like the inside of the nose and throat.
Inner ear, consisting of:
(contains the nerves for hearing)
(contains receptors for balance)
(contain receptors for balance)
Hearing starts with the outer ear. When a sound is made outside the outer ear, the sound waves, or vibrations, travel down the external auditory canal and strike the eardrum (tympanic membrane). The eardrum vibrates. The vibrations are then passed to three tiny bones in the middle ear called the ossicles. The ossicles amplify the sound and send the sound waves to the inner ear and into the fluid-filled hearing organ (cochlea).
Once the sound waves reach the inner ear, they are converted into electrical impulses, which the auditory nerve sends to the brain. The brain then translates these electrical impulses as sound.
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