Anatomy of the Ear
The ear is a complex and delicate organ. It collects sound waves so you can hear the world around you. The ear also has a second function -- it helps you keep your balance. Your ear can be divided into three parts. The outer ear and middle ear help collect and amplify sound. The inner ear converts sound waves to messages that are sent to the brain. The inner ear also senses the movement and position of your head and body so you can maintain your balance and see clearly, even when you change positions.