PROFESSOR TONY WRIGHT, INSTITUTE OF LARYNGOLOGY & OTOLOGY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PROFESSOR TONY WRIGHT, INSTITUTE OF LARYNGOLOGY & OTOLOGY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Tympanic membrane, otoscope view. This view of a healthy tympanic membrane (ear drum) shows this circular, translucent membrane and the protruding handle (upper left) of the hammer (malleus), the first of the three small bones that connect the membrane to the inner ear. To the right of the handle of the hammer can be seen part of the second bone, the anvil (incus) where it attaches to the stirrup (stapes). The thick, white line running across the incus is the chorda tympani nerve.
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