Hearing is the process of perceiving sound
Sound waves travel down the ear canal and hit the eardrum, causing it to vibrate. These vibrations are carried into the inner ear, which converts them into electrical signals and sends them to the brain.
How the parts of the ear work together
Your ear can be divided into three parts. The outer ear and middle ear help collect and amplify sound. The inner ear converts sound waves to signals that are sent to the brain.
This is the visible part of the ear, which collects sound waves and directs them into the ear canal, towards your eardrum.
When sound hits the eardrum, it vibrates. These vibrations are transferred through the ossicles, which are small bones that amplify and transmit the vibrations to the inner ear.
In the inner ear, the vibrations enter the cochlea, where they set the fluid inside into motion. 15,000 sensory ‘hair’ cells convert sound the motions into electrical impulses.
Interesting facts about hearing
The smallest bones in your body are the ossicles in the middle ear: the incus, the malleus, and the stapes
our ears never stop working, even when you sleep - your brain still hears the incoming sounds
Ears are more than just necessary for hearing; the inner ear also help you keep your balance