ear·​drum | \ ˈir-ˌdrəm How to pronounce eardrum (audio) \

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When this happens, the vibrations bypass the eardrum, the part of the ear that evolved to pick up sound waves in the air. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "What Do You Hear Underwater?," 27 June 2019 These sunglasses include a nub at the end of the arms that touch the back of your ear and send sound-carrying vibrations right past your eardrum and to your cochlea (inner ear). Cameron Martindell, WIRED, "Buying Guide: The Best Summer Cycling Gear," 13 June 2019 Unfortunately, that led to permanent damage to her eardrums. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Everything to Know About 'The Voice' Frontrunner Maelyn Jarmon," 13 May 2019 Artillery rounds created sustained noise levels above 140 decibels and were intense enough to split eardrums. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 2018 In an extreme case, the pressure could lead to a perforated eardrum. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "7 Ear Problems That Can Mess With Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 Lightning strikes can also rupture eardrums, as well as burn clothes and cause blood vessel ruptures that form a Lichtenberg figure, a tree-like scarring pattern, on the skin. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "What Happens When You Get Struck by Lightening," 15 Aug. 2018 Bivens suffered a ruptured eardrum and skull fracture after she was allegedly shoved down by Ambriz, the newspaper reported, citing a criminal complaint. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "West Virginia meteorologist accused of shoving news anchor, fracturing her skull in fight," 31 Aug. 2018 The ping of Muslera's crossbar met the eardrums of 84,000 spectators inside a hushed Soccer City, replacing the jubilant scenes of celebration that many were eagerly awaiting. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 9 Days to Go - How Luis Suarez Became Football’s Ultimate Pantomime Villain," 5 June 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of eardrum

: a thin, tightly stretched piece of tissue in the ear that vibrates when sound waves hit it


ear·​drum | \ ˈir-ˌdrəm How to pronounce eardrum (audio) \

Kids Definition of eardrum

: the membrane that separates the outer and middle parts of the ear and vibrates when sound waves strike it


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