The anatomy of the outer and inner ear

Our ears are among the most complex organs. The ear is composed of four general areas that pick up sound waves and translate them into sounds in our brain. Our ability – or lack thereof – to hear has an impact on all aspects of our lives. Watch the animation to learn more about how we hear, the most common type of hearing loss, and how hearing aids can help.
Concha
Pinna
Cartilaginous
Ear Canal
Temporal None
Tympanic Membrane
Temporal Bone
Hammer
Anvil
Stirrup
Auditory Nerve
Semicircular Canals
Inner Hair Cells
Cochlea
Eustachian Tube

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There's more to our ears than meets the eye!  Learn how sound is collected and processed by our ears, and interpreted by our brains.

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Do you have additional questions about the ear anatomy?  Would you like to know more about hearing loss, or get a free hearing screening to assess your level of hearing loss?  A Beltone hearing care professional can help!

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