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Ear

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?

Selfish humans act in our own self interest, but when it comes to cotton buds and ears we do exactly what science says not to. And yes, your doctor can tell. See more »

Where does earwax come from?

Earwax might seem like just another gross bodily substance, but it serves a very important function in the health of your ear canal. See more »

What are some safe ways to remove earwax?

Any doctor will tell you not to stick a cotton swab in your ear, although most of us disregard the warning. Luckily, there are safer ways to remove earwax. 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 really true? Find out if size really does matter when it comes to ears and hearing. See more »

What causes tone deafness?

As you watch someone happily murder every song he belts out at the karaoke bar, you have to wonder whether it's caused by the growing bar tab, a total lack of embarrassment or simple tone deafness. Why do some of us hear music so differently? See more »

Why do loud noises cause your ears to ring?

Back away from that speaker, turn down your music, and put down that power tool unless you want the ringing in your ears to be permanent. Sound can hurt you, and that ringing may be the first sign. See more »

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

Your ears are very sensitive to the air or water pressure around them. But just what happens when you dive into that pool? See more »