How The Ears Work
The ear is made up of 3 parts – the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. The outer ear funnels the sounds into the ear and helps us to determine where any sound is coming from – above, below, behind etc.
The middle ear contains the auditory canal (1 in the diagram).
The inner ear is where the magic happens! The inner ear plays home to the cochlea (10 in the diagram) which is the piece of equipment that takes the vibrations that have travelled along the auditory canal and converts them into electrical impulses which it sends to the brain.