Middle ear

Middle Ear - part of the ear that includes the eardrum and three tiny bones of the middle ear, ending at the round window that leads to the inner ear.

Source: NIDCD (NIH)1

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The middle ear—which is where ear infections occur—is located between the eardrum and the inner ear. Within the middle ear are three tiny bones called the malleus, incus, and stapes that transmit sound vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear. The bones of the middle ear are surrounded by air.

Source: NIDCD (NIH)2

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Ear, Middle: The space and structures directly internal to the Tympanic Membrane and external to the inner ear (Labyrinth). Its major components include the Auditory Ossicles and the Eustachian Tube that connects the cavity of middle ear (tympanic cavity) to the upper part of the throat.3

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  1. Source: NIDCD (NIH): nidcd.nih.gov/ glossary
  2. Source: NIDCD (NIH): nidcd.nih.gov/ health/ ear-infections-children
  3. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

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