About the Ear
The ear consists of 3 parts: –
The Outer Ear
The “ear” (pinna) and “ear hole” (auditory canal) which guide and focus sound towards the ear drum.
The Middle Ear
The “ear drum” (tympanic membrane) and “hearing bones” (ossicles) which concentrate the sound waves towards the “hearing apparatus” of the inner ear.
The Inner Ear
The “hearing apparatus” (cochlea) and the “balance apparatus” (vestibule and semi-circular canals).
The “hearing apparatus” of the inner ear converts sound vibrations into the nerve signals of “hearing”.
The “balance apparatus” of the inner ear detects “up” & “down” (in the vestibule)
and head turn (in the semi-circular canals).
Conditions of the Ear
Too much ear wax can be a problem – your ears feel blocked and sounds are muffled – what can you do to keep it at bay?
Do you experience problems with your ears whilst flying? Do they pop as the plane climbs or descends? To understand what is happening to you need to know about how the ears work. Let us explain.
Acute Otitis Media (AOM)
Acute otitis media (AOM) is a very common type of ear infection which usually occurs in children but can occur in adults.
Ear Canal Infections (Acute Otitis Externa)
Ear canal infections occur when either a bacteria or fungus infects the skin of the ear canal.