Structures of the Ear

Middle ear

The chamber between the eardrum and cochlea containing three tiny bones: hammer, anvil, and stirrup. that concentrate the vibrations of the eardrum on the cochlea's oval window


A coiled, bony fluid-filled tube in the inner ear; sound waves traveling through the cochlear fluid trigger nerve impulses

Place theory

In hearing, the theory that links the pitch we hear with the place where the cochlea's membrane is stimulated

Inner ear

The innermost part of the ear, containing the cochlea, semicircular canals and vestibular sacs.