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What are the borders of the outer ear?

from the external auditory meatus to the tympanic membrane


What is the sensory innervation to the external auditory meatus?

Auriculotemporal nerve (branch of V3-mandibular) supplies the anterior/superior surfaces and the external tympanic membrane. Vagus nerve suplies the posteroinferior parts


Where can ear pain refer to and why?

can refer pain to teeth via the inferior alveolar nerve (branch of the mandibular)


Looking at the tympanic membrane where is the cone of light usually found? displacement from here can indicate what?

usually in the antero-inferior quadrant -> high pressure in the middle ear can alter the concavity of the membrane and cause displacement


What are the boundaries of the middle ear?

tympanic membrane to oval window (in petrous part of temporal bone)


What is the epitympanic recess? what is significant about this space?

superior to tympanic membrane within the middle ear- communicates with the mastoid air cells therefore infection can spread and fester in these poorly drained air cells.


What is the auditory tube made up of?

1/3rd = bone (closest part to middle ear) 2/3rds cartilage - can change positions using muscles (ie how we 'pop' our ears)


Why are children more prone to middle ear infections?

auditory/eustachian tube is more horizontal -> easier for bacteria to migrate upwards and harder for it to drain


What are gromets?

small devices allowing communication (through the tympanic membrane) between the atmosphere and the middle ear allowing for equalization and drainage


What are the ossicles? what are the functions?

small bones within the middle ear that attach to the tympanic membrane (Malleus) and the opening to the inner ear (Oval window - Stapes)


Name the 3 ossicles

Stapes, Incus, Malleus


What muscles attach to the ossicles? What are their functions?

Tensor Tympani attaches to Malleus, Stapedius attaches to Stapes. Pull on and thus dampen the vibrations to prevent damage to the hearing receptors


What nerve innervates Stapedius?

S for Seventh -> facial nerve CNVII


What nerve innervates Tensor Tympani?

T for Trigeminal


What is the promontory? why is it useful?

bulge seen when looking laterally with TM removed -> good marker for oval and round windows


What are the boundaries of the inner ear?

from the oval window to the cavities within the petrous part of the temporal bone


Immediately after the oval window is what space? What is its function?

the vestibule -> made up of the Saccule and Utricle. Sensory receptors here are responsible for detecting head position (static equilibrium)


What kind of fluid is within the bony labyrinth?



What fluid is contained within the membranous labyrinth?



What are the semicircular canals?

Anterior, horizontal and posterior -> each at right angles to the other two


What part of the inner ear is involved in dynamic equilibrium?

Ampulla = swellings at the end of each semicircular duct


Where in the ear are the receptors for hearing?

Cochlear duct