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The ears, together with the brain, make it possible to hear. In children, hearing speech is essential for developing spoken language.
The ears are also important for balance.
The ear is made up of the external ear canal, middle ear, and inner ear. The middle ear is separated from the ear canal by the eardrum. The middle ear contains the malleus, incus, and stapes bones, which are also known as the hammer, anvil, and stirrup. The inner ear contains the cochlea, which is the main sensory organ of hearing. The eustachian tube runs from the middle ear to the back part of the nose.
Problems with your child’s ears may include:
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Current as of: May 16, 2023
Author: Audiology Provincial Professional Practice, Alberta Health Services
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