How the Ear Works
Few of the Different parts of the Ear
The ear is an organ of hearing and balance in humans and other vertebrates.
The ear canal, also called the external acoustic meatus, is a passage comprised of bone and skin leading to the eardrum.
The pinna – the part of the ear that we see on each side of our heads – is made of cartilage and soft tissue so that it keeps a particular shape but is also flexible.
The temporal bone (the skull bone containing part of the ear canal, the middle ear, and the inner ear) can be fractured, usually by a blow to the head. A temporal bone fracture may cause hearing loss, bruising behind the ear, and bleeding from the ear.
The malleus (or hammer) is a hammer-shaped small bone of the middle ear which connects with the incus and is attached to the inner surface of the eardrum.