The Auditory System

How We Hear

The outer ear picks up sound waves, then the tympanic membrane, or the “ear drum”, vibrates and sends these signals to the middle ear.

The middle ear contains a chain of three small bones; these bones vibrate and send the sound signals to the inner ear.

The inner ear houses thousands of sensory cells.  The sensory cells pick up the sound signal and transmit it to the VIII nerve.  The nerve sends the signal to the brain, and the brain attaches meaning to the sounds you heard.

If you experience tinnitus (ringing in the ears), fullness or a clogged sensation in your ears, ear pain, trouble understanding conversations, it is advised to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians and an audiologist.