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The ear and hearing

audio-

prefix

sound or hearing: used with some adjectives and nouns

auditory

adjective

relating to hearing

auditory nerve

noun

a nerve in your ear that sends signals relating to hearing and balance from your inner ear to your brain

aural

adjective

relating to your ears or hearing

cochlea

noun

a part of your inner ear that has a spiral shape and contains very small hairs that move when sound waves come into your ear

deaf

adjective

not able to hear anything, or not able to hear very well. Many deaf people wear a hearing aid to help them hear. Deaf people often use their hands to communicate in sign language, and many can lip-read what other people are saying

deaf-and-dumb

adjective

not able to hear or speak

deafen

verb

to make someone unable to hear either temporarily or permanently

deaf mute

noun

someone who cannot hear or speak

ear

noun

one of the two parts at the sides of your head that you hear with

ear

noun

the ability to hear and judge sounds

earache

noun

pain in your ear, usually caused by an infection

eardrum

noun

a piece of tightly stretched skin inside your ear that vibrates when sound reaches it

earlobe

noun

the soft part at the bottom of your ear

earplug

noun

a small piece of plastic or rubber that you put in your ear to keep noise or water out

ear trumpet

noun

an object that people used in the past to help them to hear, shaped like a tube that is wide at one end

earwax

noun

a dark yellow substance in your ears

Eustachian tube

noun

one of the two tubes in your body that connect your ears to your throat and control the air pressure in your ears

external ear

noun

the outside part of the ear

hammer

noun

the malleus in the ear

hard of hearing

adjective

unable to hear well

hearer

noun

someone who hears what someone else says

hearing

noun

your ability to hear sounds

hearing aid

noun

a small piece of equipment that someone wears in their ear to help them to hear

hearing-impaired

adjective

unable to hear as well as most people can. Many people now prefer this word to deaf.

incus

noun

a small bone in your middle ear between the malleus and the stapes

induction loop

noun

a system in which a wire around a room such as a theater sends a signal to the hearing aids of people in the room

inner ear

noun

the inside part of your ear that controls your balance and your ability to hear

lip-read

verb

to look at someone’s lips in order to understand what they are saying because you cannot hear them

lobe

noun

your earlobe

lug

noun

an ear

the malleus

noun

the first of three small bones in your middle ear that carry sound from your eardrum to your inner ear

middle ear

noun

the part of your ear that is between the outer part that you can see and your eardrum

outer ear

noun

the part of your ear that is on the outside of your head

pinna

noun

the part of your ear that is on the outside of your head

pop

verb

if your ears pop, you feel a sudden change of pressure in them. This often happens when you are going up or down very quickly, for example in an airplane.

semicircular canal

noun

one of the three tubes in your inner ear that is shaped like half of a circle and is important for balance

sharp-eared

adjective

able to hear even very quiet sounds

stapes

a small bone in your middle ear that is nearest to your inner ear

syringe

verb

to put liquid into someone’s ears using a tube, in order to clean them

tone deaf

adjective

unable to sing a tune correctly because you cannot hear the difference between musical notes

wax

noun

earwax

deafness

noun

lip-reading

noun

(as) deaf as a post

very deaf

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