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Your ears appear to be relatively simple structures. But they are, in fact, only part of the complex auditory system — passageways, vibrating structures, nerves and specialized areas of the brain that work together to gather and interpret sound.

In people with normal hearing, the ears can detect a child's whisper or a crack of thunder, the single call of a songbird or the entire range of instruments in an orchestra.

Take a look at the structures of the auditory system, and discover how it makes sense of the sounds around you.