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Sensory System

Hearing

What structures comprise the middle ear?

The middle ear consists of the tympanic membrane (eardrum), tympanic cavity (an air-filled space in the temporal bone), and three small bones called auditory ossicles. The tympanic cavity is connected to the nasopharynx (the region linking the back of the nasal cavity and the back of the oral cavity) by the auditory (Eustachian) tube.



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