-This process occurs in several steps:
>Sound waves, vibrations in the air, travel through the air, and are then collected by our ears; Sound waves have amplitude and frequency
>Amplitude is the height of the wave and determines the loudness of the sound, which is measured in decibels
>Frequency, which is measured in megahertz, refers to the length of the waves and determines pitch
>Vibrations enter the ear and vibrate the eardrum, which connects with three bones in the middle ear: the hammer (or malleus), the anvil (or incus), and the stirrup (or stapes)
>The vibration is transferred to the oval window, a membrane very similar to the eardrum
>The oval window membrane is attached to the cochlea, where the process of transduction occurs and neural messages are sent to the auditory complex in the temporal lobe.