Interactive Ear tool showing how the ear works by AmplifonThe ear is the organ which controls hearing and balance, allowing us to understand our surroundings and position ourselves correctly. It is split into three parts: outer, middle and inner. This guide will take you through each part of the ear in turn, answering those essential questions – what are the parts, what do they do, and how? Pinna Helix Antihelix Concha Antitragus Lobe Cartilage Temporal Muscle (Temporalis) Temporal Bone Semicircular Canals Ganglia of the Vestibular Nerve Facial Nerve Ear Canal (External acoustic meatus) Mastoid Process Internal Jugular Vein Styloid Process Internal Cartoid Artery Eardrum (Tympanic Membrane) Auditory Tube (Eustachian Tube) Outer Ear – Welcome to the Interactive Ear! This is the part of the ear that people can see, and funnels sound into your ear canal. The rim of the pinna. A curved panel of cartridge. Bowl-shaped part of pinna. The small, hard bump above your ear lobe. The earlobe contains a large blood supply, helping to keep the ears warm.
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