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The ear consists of three parts: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. Hearing begins when sound waves make it to the middle ear, causing the ear drum to vibrate. Explore the different parts and conditions of the ear.

When It Comes to Q-Tips, We Do the One Thing We're Not Supposed to. Why?

When it comes to cotton buds and ears we do exactly what science says not to. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Where does earwax come from?

Earwax might seem like just another gross bodily substance, but it serves a very important function. Learn where earwax comes from at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What are some safe ways to remove earwax?

There are safer ways to remove earwax than sticking a cotton swab in your ear. Learn about safe ways to remove earwax at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Do people with bigger ears hear better?

The Big Bad Wolf told Little Red Riding Hood that his enormous ears made him hear better, but is that true? Learn more about ears at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What causes tone deafness?

Being tone deaf means having a hard time hearing musical pitches and notes. Learn what it means to be tone deaf and what causes tone deafness. See more »

Why do loud noises cause your ears to ring?

Ringing in ears occurs when noises louder than shouting damage parts of our inner ears. Find out more about why your ears ring at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why do my ears pop when I dive in the deep end of the pool?

Why do my ears pop when I dive in the deep end of the pool? See more »