Ch 21: Medical Terminology Related to the Ears

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons to learn about the structures of the ears and their role in hearing. Verify you understand the function of the parts of the ears by taking self-assessment quizzes.

Medical Terminology Related to the Ears - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The birds chirping, a favorite song on the radio, a friend's hilarious joke -- to appreciate all of these, healthy ears are essential. In this chapter, you'll learn about the many structures that make up the ear as well as their functions. You will also discover pathologies that can impact the ears, in addition to types of hearing problems that can occur. Through the lessons in this chapter, you'll find out about:

  • How the ears function
  • What internal and external structures make up the ear
  • How the inner ear is involved balance
  • How healthcare professionals diagnose hearing problems
  • What some of the pathologies that affect the ears are
  • How ear conditions are treated

VideoObjectives
Function & Structure of the EarsLearn about ear structures and how they work.
Anatomy of the Ear's External StructuresDiscover the external parts of the ear and their role in hearing.
The Ear: Middle Structures and Hearing FunctionsFind out about how the ear's middle structures work together.
The Inner Ear: Sense of Balance and HearingSee how the inner ear's structures are involved in hearing and balance.
The Parts of the EarsLearn about the ear parts involved in the types of conduction.
Pathologies of the EarsExplore some of the pathologies that can affect the ears' functioning.
Outer Ear Pathology Terms Review terms related to pathology of the outer ear, including swimmer's ear, otalgia, and earaches.
Middle Ear Disorder Terminology Define barotrauma, mastoiditis, salpingitis and other terms related to disorders of the middle ear.
Otitis Media Terminology: Middle Ear Disease Learn about ruptured eardrums, acute purulent otism media and more.
Inner Ear Condition Vocabulary Study various terms related to the inner ear.
Hearing Loss Vocabulary Understand deafness, noise induced hearing loss, and more.
Diagnosing Hearing ProblemsDiscover some of the diagnostic procedures used to evaluate hearing issues.
Treatment & Terminology of Ear-Related ProblemsGet details on treatment methods for certain ear conditions.

12 Lessons in Chapter 21: Medical Terminology Related to the Ears
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Function & Structure of the Ears

1. Function & Structure of the Ears

Watch along as we follow a sound wave into the ear and learn about the structures it encounters. Also, did you know that your ears do more than hear? Learn about the role your ears play in keeping your balance.

Anatomy of the Ear's External Structures

2. Anatomy of the Ear's External Structures

What is the pinna? Is it the same thing as your earlobe? Does the eardrum have anything to do with the tympanic membrane? Find out as we explore all of this and other important structures involved in the sensation of hearing as sound enters your ear.

The Ear: Middle Structures and Hearing Functions

3. The Ear: Middle Structures and Hearing Functions

Find out about the malleus, incus, and stapes. You'll learn about the smallest bones in your body and find out what the ossicles are for. Finally, you'll find out how the oval window plays an important role in the transmission of sound.

The Inner Ear: Sense of Balance and Hearing

4. The Inner Ear: Sense of Balance and Hearing

Learn how water is important when it comes to your inner ear, cochlea, and sense of hearing. Find out what cool names like the bony labyrinth, semicircular canals, ampulla, and vestibule mean.

The Parts of the Ears

5. The Parts of the Ears

Your ears are made up of three main parts, the external ear, middle ear, and internal ear. Sound waves move into your external ear causing the eardrum to vibrate, which moves the tiny bones of your middle ear, and then it's on to the internal ear.

Outer Ear Pathology Terms

6. Outer Ear Pathology Terms

Besides ear wax, has anything else ever come out of your ear? If so, or if you're just wondering what can, then take a look here as we go over pathologies of the outer ear.

Middle Ear Disorder Terminology

7. Middle Ear Disorder Terminology

Trauma and inflammation in the middle ear can cause pain and hearing difficulties. This lesson outlines some of the common disorders associated with the middle ear. Test your understanding by completing the quiz at the end of the lesson.

Otitis Media Terminology: Middle Ear Disease

8. Otitis Media Terminology: Middle Ear Disease

Have you ever had a middle ear infection? If so, do you know what kind you had? There are many kinds of middle ear infection, and you'll discover the proper terminology and look at some of the different kinds of infection in this lesson.

Inner Ear Condition Vocabulary

9. Inner Ear Condition Vocabulary

Have you ever had that annoying ringing in your ears? Do you know what that's called and why it occurs? You can learn about that and vertigo here as we look at conditions involving the inner ear.

Hearing Loss Vocabulary

10. Hearing Loss Vocabulary

What does it really mean to be deaf? What types of hearing loss are there? This lesson defines deafness, odd terms, like presbycusis, and several types of hearing loss.

Diagnosing Hearing Problems

11. Diagnosing Hearing Problems

If you watch the video version of this lesson, I hope your speakers are turned up so you can hear everything that is covered! In this lesson, we'll address some important vocabulary related to diagnosing hearing problems.

Treatment & Terminology of  Ear-Related Problems

12. Treatment & Terminology of Ear-Related Problems

Your ear is composed of three different sections, each of which has its own procedures that can be performed to restore function, treat a condition, or just for looks. Take a listen to this lesson and find out what some of these are.

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