External acoustic meatus

The ear canal, also called the external acoustic meatus, is a passage comprised of bone and skin leading to the eardrum. The ear is comprised of the ear canal (also known as the outer ear), the middle ear, and the inner ear.

The ear canal functions as an entryway for sound waves, which get propelled toward the tympanic membrane, known as the eardrum. When sounds enter the middle ear, they are transmitted to tiny bones called the ossicles, which consist of the stapes, the incus, and the malleus. Sounds are later carried (in the form of waves) to the inner ear.

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