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Outer ear: the part of the ear visible externally
Source: WordNet 2.1
Outer ear: The outer ear is the outermost, superficial structure of the ear. The outer ear provides the portal in the temporal bone for sound waves to enter the ear and reach the middle and inner ear. The outer ear includes the auricle, external auditory meatus, and the ear canal. Sound waves travel through the outer ear, into the middle ear where they cause vibration of the tympanic membrane. These vibrations are then transmitted through the auditory bones and into the cochlea of the inner ear. In the inner ear, sound vibrations are converted into electrical impulses and carried by the 8th cranial nerve to the brain. Conditions that can afflict the outer ear include swimmer's ear and trauma.
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