the sense or act of hearing
the number of complete wavelengths that pass a point in a given time
a tone's experienced highness or lowness; depends on frequency.
the chamber between the eardrum and cochlea containing three tiny bones (hammer, anvil, and stirrup) that concentrate the vibrations of the eardrum on the cochlea's oval window.
the innermost part of the ear, containing the cochlea, semicircular canals, and vestibular sacs
a coiled, bony, fluid-filled tube in the inner ear through which sound waves trigger nerve impulses
in hearing, the theory that links the pitch we hear with the place where the cochlea's membrane is stimulated
in hearing, the theory that the rate of nerve impulses traveling up the auditory nerve matches the frequency of a tone, thus enabling us to sense its pitch
conduction hearing loss
hearing loss caused by damage to the mechanical system that conducts sound waves to the cochlea
sensorineural hearing loss
hearing loss caused by damage to the cochlea's receptor cells or to the auditory nerves; also called nerve deafness