Tympanic Membrane: Definition & Function


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1. The tympanic membrane separates which parts of the ear?

2. What causes the tympanic membrane to vibrate?

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The tympanic membrane, or eardrum, is a thin tissue layer that lies in the ear canal. This interactive and printable assessment describes how this membrane functions to help you hear.

About This Quiz & Worksheet

Your understanding of the structure, anatomy, and function of the tympanic membrane will be assessed in this quiz/worksheet combo. Practice questions also focus on how drums produce sound waves and how cotton swabs can damage your ear.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test your understanding of the components of the ear and their functions, including:

  • How drums produce sound waves
  • The location of the tympanic membrane
  • How the tympanic membrane functions
  • The dangers of cleaning your ears with cotton swabs

Skills Practiced

This assessment will help you practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about cleaning your ears with cotton swabs in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast outer, middle, and inner ear
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about hearing

Additional Learning

Learn more about hearing by reviewing this lesson on Tympanic Membrane: Definition & Function. Topics in this lesson are:

  • Identifying the tympanic membrane
  • The anatomy of the ear
  • How the tympanic membrane works