Anatomy of the inner ear

As I mentioned during my post on the anatomy of the outer and middle ears, I would be following up with a post on the anatomy of the inner ear. So today I will just try to give a bit of a summary on how the cochlea converts the vibrations of sound, to a message that can be interpreted by the brain.

The cochlea is like a long tube folded in half, and then coiled up with the folded end being the apex of the coil. This tube is filled with a fluid called perilymph. Continue reading

Anatomy of the external and middle ear

Recently I began studying my current university degree which is a Masters in Clinical Audiology. To be honest, I hadn’t really known much about the ear before I began, but since starting, I have learnt so much and thought about so many things that I hadn’t even considered before. How can we tell where sounds come from? What is a ‘sound’? How does the brain use the information a sound brings? I’ll probably end up writing more about the ear and concepts related to audiology more than anything else from now on so I apologise in advance if this is not of interest to any of our current readers. This post will be a bit of an introductory one to the anatomy of the ear. Hopefully, what I write makes sense even if you don’t have any background knowledge!

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