Busy. Please wait.

show password
Forgot Password?

Don't have an account?  Sign up 

Username is available taken
show password


Make sure to remember your password. If you forget it there is no way for StudyStack to send you a reset link. You would need to create a new account.
We do not share your email address with others. It is only used to allow you to reset your password. For details read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Already a StudyStack user? Log In

Reset Password
Enter the associated with your account, and we'll email you a link to reset your password.
Didn't know it?
click below
Knew it?
click below
Don't know
Remaining cards (0)
Embed Code - If you would like this activity on your web page, copy the script below and paste it into your web page.

  Normal Size     Small Size show me how


XXXSpeechScienceDrM Exam One

What are the two SECTIONS (alsoknown as SYSTEMS) of the ear? Peripheral and CENTRAL Auditory Systems
What is the Peripheral Auditory System? Outer, middle, and inner ear
What is the CENTRAL Auditory System? CN VIII: Vestibulocochlear, pathways to the brainstem, auditory cortex
CNVIII, the pathways to brainstem, and the auditory cortex are parts of what? The Central Auditory System
The Outer, Middle and Inner Ear are part of what? The Peripheral Auditory System
Where is the peripheral auditory system located? Location of the ear in the skull Petrous portion of the temporal bone 3 parts Outer ear Middle ear Inner ear
What is located in the petrous portion of the temporal bone? The peripheral auditory system
Name the Ossicles Malleus, Incus and the Stapes
Outer Ear: External Auditory Meatus Open at EAM, closed at TM 1/3 cartilage, 2/3 bony, S shaped, cilia, cerumen
External Auditory Meatus Open at EAM, closed at TM 1/3 cartilage, 2/3 bony, S shaped, cilia, cerumen Outer Ear
The boundary between the outer and middle ear is the tympanic membrane
A healthy tympanic membrane looks like what? Translucent, pearly grey membrane
Identify 3 cartilage layers of tympanic membrane: Outermost epithelial, middle fibrous, innermost mucous membrane
Tympanic Membrane has how many portions and what are they? How many layers does each have? 2 portions Pars tensa (3 layers) Pars Flaccida (2 layers)
What are the quadrants of the tympanic membrane and what are they useful for? 4 quadrants: provide orientation Anterior-Superior Posterior-Superior Anterior-Inferior Posterior-Inferior
What can be found in the middle ear? Middle Ear space Eustachian tube Ossicles Oval Window Round Window
List boundaries of midde ear space: Anterior wall = Eustachian tube Beneath the floor of ME = jugular bulb Roof of the ME = tegmen tympani Space on top of ME = epitympanic recess
What is the promontory? The promontory is a bulge created by a cochlear turn
Where is the Promontory? In the middle ear space.
What is in the superior-posterior aspect of the middle ear space, and what is below it? Superior-posterior aspect = oval window; below that is the round window (membrane covered)
What is the lining of the middle ear space? mucous membrane
Describe middle ear space in terms of air pressure and 'climate.' Dry, air-filled cavity Air pressure, which is regulated by the Eustachian tube, should = PATM
3 functions of eustachian tube 3 functions Pressure equalization Ventilation of the ME space Drainage
Describe eustachian tube: Essentially connects the ears, nose, throat 36 mm long Normally in a collapsed state; can be forced to open, tensor palatine responsible for this action
Describe ossicles Smallest bones in the body Always articulate with each other; collectively called the ossicular chain, held in place by ligaments
Describe malleus Malleus: largest connects to the tympanic membrane Can often be seen through the TM Parts: handle/manubrium, head, anterior and lateral processes
Describe incus Incus: articulates with the malleus via the head Parts: long process, short process, corpus
Describe stapes Stapes: smallest Head articulates with the incus, neck bifurcates and becomes the crura, which converge on the footplate Stapes footplate is held in the oval window of the temporal bone via the annular ligament
What are the names of the two muscles of the middle ear? Stapedius and tensor tympani. Tensor tympani is L O N G E R.
About Stapedius: CN VII Stapedius 6 mm long , embedded in the bone of the posterior wall of the middle ear Inserts into the neck of the stapes; contraction rotates the stapes posteriorly Innervation: stapedial branch of CN VII
About Tensor Tympani: CNV Tensor Tympani 25 mm long; arises from the anterior wall of the middle ear, inserts into the upper manubrium of the malleus Innervation: CN V
Stapedius and Tensor Tympani serve a protective function in what way? They dampen sound after a loud noise is already heard...
What are the two systems of the Inner Ear? 2 Systems Vestibular System Cochlear System
What are the three parts of the Inner Ear? 3 Parts Semi-circular canals Vestibule: entryway to the cochlea Cochlea
What are the two labryinths of the inner ear? Osseous Entryway to the labyrinth, vestibule, semi-circular canals, osseous cochlear canal Membranous Houses the inner ear structures
The two inner ear vestibuli are: Utricle and saccule
Th two inner ear vestibuli, the Uricle and the Saccule contain what? They contain macula, sensory organs for balance
In the inner ear vestibuli, the Utricle and the Saccule, there are macula. What are macula? Sensory organs for balance.
The inner ear vestibuli are responsible for what? Balance.
There are 3 semicircular canals in the inner ear vestibular portion. Describe them: 3 Semi-circular Canals: oriented at 90o angles to each other Contain the sensory organs for movement of the body in space; balance Anterior, posterior, horizontal Orientation to each other allows the brain to code 3-dimensional space
Apex: Apex: innermost point of the cochlea
Modiolus: Modiolus: core of the cochlea
How are scala created in the inner ear cochlea and how many are there? Osseous and membranous portions create 3 scalae
Scala Vestibuli Scala Vestibuli: Roof: bone, floor: Reissner’s membrane Filled with perilymph, a fluid high in Na, low in K Contains Oval Window
Scala Media (Cochlear Duct): Scala Media: Roof : Reissner’s membrane, floor: basilar membrane Filled with endolymph, a fluid low in Na, high in K Also called the “cochlear duct”
Scala Tympani Scala Tympani: Roof: basilar membrane, floor: bone Also filled with perilymph Contains Round Window
Scala Vestibuli Oval Window
Scala Tympani Round Window
Scala Media No window!
Perilympth Scala Vestibuli and Scala Tympani
Endolympth Scale Media / Cochlear Duct
High in Na, low in K Scala Vestibuli and Scala Tympani
Low in Na, High in K Scala Media / Cochlear Duct
What is the end organ for hearing? Organ of Corti
What does the Organ of Corti sit on? The basilar membrane.
What is the Organ of Corti encased in? Endolympth.
Supportive cells near Organ of Corti are: Deiter's Cells and Hensen's Cells
Total rows of Inner and Outer Hair Cells combined: four. There is only one row of Inner Hair Cells and 3 rows (W shape) of Outer Hair Cells
Inner Hair Cells Inner Hair cells: 3500, a single row from base to apex Each has approximately 50 stereocilia Tear-drop or gourd shaped Many nerve fibers innervate each IHC
Outer Hair Cells Outer hair cells: 12,000, 3 rows in a “W” pattern Each has approximately 150 stereocilia “test tube” shaped Only one nerve fibers innervates most OHC’s
Tunnel of Corti Tunnel of Corti Separates the 1 row of IHC’s and 3 rows of OHC’s Created by the pillar cells of Corti
Spiral Limbus Spiral Limbus; supports tectorial membrane Found on modiolar side of cochlear duct
Tectorial Membrane Tectorial Membrane; hinged on one side. Sits on top of IHC and OHC. Arises from spiral limbus Gelatinous structure (90% water) that overlays hair cells Outer hair cells are embedded in the underside Important contributor to hair cell excitation
Stria Vascularis Stria Vascularis One end of Reissner’s membrane, attached to spiral ligament Provides oxygen to cochlea; produces endolymph
Supporting Cells Supporting Cells Cells of Claudius Deiter’s cells Hensen’s cells
Tectorial membrane makes contact with sterocilia of which hair cells? Tectorial membrane makes contact with stereocilia of Outer hair cells only.
Where is the stapes footplate situated? Stapes footplate is seated right in the oval window in scala vestibuli.
Impedence Mismatch Originally sund travels through air, but when stapes footplate moves in oval window, the perilympth in scale vestibuli starts to move TOO. The medium in which sound NOW TRAVELS IS LIQUID.
When does the sound stop traveling through air and start traveling through a liquid? Up until the oval window where the stapes causes the cochlea's perilympth in the scala vestibuli to move - now sound through LIQUID
Energy travels more easily through air because air is LESS DENSE
Water has more impedence because of water has increased density as compared to air
Impedence Mismatch affects intensity of sound, loudness, dB in what way? The change of medium of Air to Liquid causes a decrease in sound intensity. dbSPL. In fact,., you lose about 30 db right off the bat.
What attributes about the ossicular chain help bring back the intensity of a sound after impedence mismatch? Ossicular chain always moves as ONE UNIT. Moves as 3 bones together and results in increased force. Ossicles act as levers… TM pushes on oval window with ossicular chain in between. TM is bigger than oval window and bigger pushes HARD.
Movement of Perilymph causes what? Movement of Reissner's membrane
Movement of Reissner's membrane causes what? Movement of the Endolymph
Movement of the Endolymph causes what? Movement of the Basilar membrane
Movement of the basilar membrane causes what? Movement of the perilymph in Scala Tympani
Movement of the perilymph in the Scala Tympani causes what? Pushing against the round window which then makes the movement cycle reverse.
The cochlea is encased in what? Bone
Are the fluids in the cochlea compressible? No - the cochlea is encased in bone.
How can perilymph move between the scala vestibuli and the scala tympani? Through the helicotrema.
Do Endolymph and Perilymph ever mix? No.
Which window is membrane covered? The round window.
Is the oval window membrane covered? No - the stapes footplate sits securely in the oval window like a carved pumpkin top.
The BASE is by the middle ear. How can you determine the Base? Close to middle ear and has round and oval windows and hears high frequencies
What landmark is close to the APEX? The APEX is over by the Helicotrema! Low Frequencies!
When sound occurs, both Reissner's Membrane and the Basilar membrane are displaced causing movement which impacts the Organ of Corti which then moves in an up and down motion.
Describe the Basilar Membrane: narrow, thin, and stiff at the base near the middle ear and round and oval windows; Wider and Thicker Mass at the Apex near the helicotrema.
Basilar Membrane Narrow, thin, and stiff at the base; wider and thicker mass at apex.
Mass-stiffness gradient Stiff at base; Mass at Apex
Apex: Wide, thick, mass, low frequencies, by helicotrema
Base: Narrow, thin, stiff, high frequencies, by windows and middle ear
Mass-stiffness gradient stiffness at base, mass at apex
The basilar membrane is a filter because the base registers high frequencies and the apex registers low frequencies
Another word for low frequencies resonance
When the Basilar Membrane moves, so does the Organ of Corti
The tectorial membrane is like a lid and the pivot point is the hinge
How much the basilar membrane moves has to do with the intensity of sound coming in More robust reaction to greater sound.
Movement of the Basilar membrane causes what kind of Action? Movement of the Basilar Membrane causes a Shearing Action.
What is impacted by the shearing action caused by movement of the basilar membrane? The inner and outer hair cells are impacted by the shearing action of the basilar membrane movement.
What does shearing action cause? Shearing action causes a change in the resting potential of the neurons.
When the resting potention of the neurons is changed by shearing action, what happens to the hair cells? The become depolarized.
When the hair cells become depolarized from the shearing action of the basilar membrane, what happens with regard to action potential? The shearing action causes the hair cells to become depolarized and this results in a change in action potential.
When there is a change in action potential due to shearing action, what happens in the nerve? A change in action potential causes an impulse to travel up the CNVIII nerve to the brainstem to the auditory cortex.
The action potential is the firing of the neurons in what part of the auditory system? The Organ of Corti because it impacts hair cells.
Nerve cells are connected to hair cells
When you get shearing of the stereocilia, you get firing of the neurons in the inner ear
Prior to firing, the neurons are at rest
Shearing action causes neurons of the inner ear to fire
The neurons are either firing or they are not, it is like a switch; either at rest or firing
The neurons together form spiral ganglion
Spiral ganglion turns into which CN nerve? Spiral ganglion turn into CNVIII; they bundle up and travel to the brain.
What is the opposite of polarization? Depolarization
The Traveling Wave frequency components travel a shorter or longer distance on the basilar membrane depending on the frequencies in a complex sound.
The outer hair cells are farthest away from the pivot point
The number of oscillations of the TM-Ossicle-Footplate movement per second Frequency
If at the level of the inner ear the stapes footplate moves in and out of oval window 100 times per second then the frequency is 100Hz
Traveling Wave separates what? the frequency components of complex sounds
High frequency sounds cause vibration near what part of the cochlea cochlea base
Low frequency sounds cause vibration near what part of the cochlea cochlea apex
Which of the traveling waves travel the furthest low frequency sounds travel farther as they cause vibration near the apex.
Where does the Traveling Wave travel along the Basilar Membrane
As the Traveling Wave travels along the Basilar Membrane how does it change the Traveling Wave grows and swells crests at a certain point then damps down right after – like an ocean wave
What does the Traveling Wave separate frequency components of complex sounds
What are the two modes of hearing Air Conduction and Bone Conduction
Sound travels through the Outer Middle and Inner Ear and then on to Cortex via Air Conduction
When sound directly stimulates the cochlea this is known as Bone Conduction
When the skull is vibrated setting the cochlea this is an example of Bone Conduction
When sound completely bypasses the Outer and Middle Ear this is an example of Bone Conduction
Helicotrema is Apical End
Low Frequencies peak at the Apical End
Base is closest to Inner Ear
High frequencies peak at Base
All sound goes to Organ of Corti
Primarily when we are talking to ourselves we hear through Bone Conduction
Primarily we hear things in the world through Air Conduction
With a particularly loud sound we hear it through Air and Bone Conduction
If there is fluid in the middle ear sound gets damped down
With fluid in the middle ear there is a reduction in intensity or loudness
The lowest intensity sound the ear can detect 50% of the time are the Hearing Thresholds
Hearing Thresholds want to test the limits of the ear’s abilities to hear
Hearing Thresholds are different for Different Listeners
True or False Hearing Thresholds are the same for all listeners False; hearing thresholds are different for different listeners
Hearing thresholds are used to represent degrees of hearing loss
Does Impedence Mismatch occur with bone conduction No
Normal Hearing 0 – 15 dBHL
Borderline Normal for Children 16 – 25 dBHL
Good hearing is crucial for children as they are still learning language
A child with a slight degree of hearing loss in Kindergarten is at risk for problems in school
Noise level in a Kindergarten classroom is 90dB like a vacuum cleaner
A hearing loss in a child may be undetectable at home; but significant in a school setting
If a hearing threshold is 90 can someone hear a sound at 85 dBHL? No they cannot; 90 dBHL is the lowest sound they can hear.
Conductive Hearing Loss problem is in Outer or Middle Ear
With a Conductive Hearing Loss there is a loss by Air Conduction
With a Conductive Hearing Loss there is Loss by Air Conduction and NORMAL hearing by bone
With a Conductive Hearing Loss you have the presence of an air-bone gap
With a Conductive Hearing Loss there is ‘flat’ or ‘low frequency’ configuration
With a Conductive Hearing Loss sounds are quiet as with earplugs in
People with a Conductive Hearing Loss may talk LOUDER
Conductive Hearing Loss is treatable with medication or surgery
With a Conductive Hearing Loss the problem is getting the sound by air TO the cochlea
With a Conductive Hearing Loss a bone-conduction test would have normal results
With a Conductive Hearing Loss an air-conduction test would show hearing loss
Middle Ear Infection Conductive Hearing Loss
Otitis Media Middle Ear Infection = Conductive Hearing Loss
Otitis Externa Swimmers Ear = Conductive hearing loss
Tympanic Membrane Perforation Conductive Hearing Loss
Impacted Cerumen Conductive Hearing Loss
Ossicle trauma ossicular disarticulation
Ossicular Disarticulation Conductive Hearing Loss
Any way there is a problem with conduction of sound TO the cochlea Conductive Hearing Loss
Hearing Threshold respresents the lower limit of what the ear can hear
We need to know the softest sound the ear can hear at various frequencies
Lowest frequency is 250 Hz
Octave doubling in frequency for testing the various frequencies we can hear
Octaves for tests 250 Hz 500 Hz We test at 250 Hz to 8000 Hz
We use pure tones to find out what thresholds are across a range of frequencies
Different points on the basilar membrane correspond to different frequencies
Different frequencies that the basilar membrane responds to depend on where the wave peaks
A 250 Hz wave peaks at the apex
A 250 Hz wave is a low frequency this means it peaks at the apex near the helicotrema and travels a LOOOONG way across the BM
An 8000 Hz wave peaks at the base near the middle ear
We test octave frequencies to stimulate different point on the BM to see how hearing works across the board
Most sounds in the world are not pure tones
Different sounds have different acoustic blueprints
If there is a loss and where it might be frequency-wise could result in a person not being able to hear CERTAIN phonemes
As the thresholds get HIGHER hearing gets WORSE
You want the threshold to be as low as possible
Normal hearing has a threshold of 0 – 25
X axis on a hearing chart is frequency in Hz
An octave is a doubling in frequency 250 – 500 1000 – 2000
True or False There is one threshold per frequency per ear True
Y axis on hearing chart is hearing level in dBHL (decibels)
Is the person’s hearing loss higher or lower for certain frequencies
Is the person’s majority of their hearing happening at the apex or base
Right Red Round threshold for right ear
Anything higher than the threshold is something you CAN hear
Sensorineural Hearing Loss an abnormal function in the inner ear
Sensorineural Hearing Loss equal amount of hearing loss by air conduction and bone conduction
Sensorineural Hearing Loss No air-bone gap; amount of hearing loss is equal for air and bone
Sensorineural Hearing Loss “high frequency” configuration
Sensorineural Hearing Loss sounds are perceived as DISTORTED AND QUIET
Sensorineural Hearing Loss people talk LOUDLY
Sensorineural Hearing Loss generally not reversible
Fricatives are a complex aperiodic high frequency wave
If a hearing chart shows high thresholds for high frequencies person cannot hear Fricatives /f/
If the hearing chart emphasizes a loss for high frequency waves it would impact perception
If the hearing chart emphasizes a loss for high frequency waves it won’t affect person’s speech
If the hearing chart emphasizes a loss for high frequency waves in a child learning language it will affect speech for child as well as the child’s perception of the speech of others
Mixed Hearing Loss components of both conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss
Mixed hearing loss loss by both air conduction and bone conduction although worse by air
Always worse by air
Mixed Hearing Loss presence of air bone gap
In a Conductive Hearing Loss bone conduction is normal
In a Mixed Hearing Loss loss by bone and by air
Mixed Hearing Loss problem in outer
Problem in outer and middle is greater because the thresholds are worse than bone
When are thresholds are Higher than bone thresholds you have an air-bone gap
We always test air conduction first
If Bone conduction was normal and air conduction threshold was impacted Air-Bone Gap
Air – Bone Gap 15dB=air-bone gap
Bone conduction is always better
A loss by air with normal bone conductive loss
Sound has to ultimately end up at the cochlea to be detected
When you test by bone you send sound directly to the cochlea
When you test by air you send sound to the outer middle and inner ear
Central Auditory Processing Disorder interference in pathways from brainstem to cortex
CA Processing Disorder Central Auditory Processing Disorder
Central Auditory Processing Disorder when the peripheral auditory system is intact
Central Auditory Processing Disorder normal hearing thresholds by air and bone but can’t make sense of it
Central Auditory Processing Disorder can’t make sense of what is heard can manifest as a speech and language disorder
Conductive hearing loss is temporary we can do something about it
Pathologies of the outer ear agenesis
Pathologies of the external auditory canal congenital causes stenosis
Pathologies of the External Auditory Canal otitis externa (swimmers ear) bacterial
Impacted cerumen blockage of ear wax in entire canal
Middle Ear Pathologies otitis media due to Eustacian Tube
Cerumen Atresia and Otitis Externa are OUTER EAR CAUSES
Otitis Media fluid in middle ear due to eustacian tube childhood illness #1
Conductive hearing loss causes impacted cerumen
Any problem in outer or middle ear conductive hearing loss
Gap = 15Hz or more between air and bone
Degrees for loss by air and bone are the same 0-25
26-40 mild hearing loss
Tempanic Membrane Perforation Conductive Hearing Loss
Damage to Inner Ear sensorineural loss
Sensorineural loss by bone and by air but no gap because both air and bone are impacted equally
Sensorineural loss problem is 8th nerve and cochlea
Mixed Hearing Loss is worse by air
Cause of sensorineural hearing loss concert loud noises causes death of hair cells
Sensorineural hearing loss is permanent can’t fix it with meds or surgery
Middle Ear Otosclerosis abnormal growth of spongy bone on stapes footplate
Middle Ear Ossicular discontinuity break in ossicular chain often due to head trauma
Inner Ear noise induced hearing loss can be temporary or permanent
Meniere Disease endolymphatic hydrops too much or too little endolymph in cochlea
Ototixicity temporary or permanent cochlear or vestibular
Presbycusis hearing loss due primarily to aging
Ototoxic drugs kill outer hair cells first
If drugs attack the outer hair cells first which frequencies are lost first highest frequency sounds then lower ones
Mixed loss means outer and inner such as impacted cerumen and prebycusis
Central Auditory Processing Disorder doesn’t have to be just CNVIII
Central Auditory Processing Disorder hearing test is fine but can’t understand in a background of noise
Cochlear Nucleus to Superior Olivary Complex to Lateral Lemniscus to the Inferior Colliculus
Lateral Lemniscus is in the Pons region
Cochlear Nucleus to Superior to Lateral to Inferior
Connected fibers allow crossover between the two inferior colliculi
Central Auditory Mechanism sound starts off as a physical even and ends up as a neural representation of the physical properties of sound
Central Auditory Mechanism becomes an electrical impulse that travels up to the brain
CN VIII vestibulocochlear
What are the 2 Branches of CNVIII Auditory and Vestibular
CN VIII runs with CN VII in the internal auditory meatus
CN VII facial
CN VII first reaches the cochlear nucleus 1st major nucleus of the auditory system
After CN VIII reaches the cochlear nucleus the info is carried all the way to the cortex
Afferent Pathways Afferent = Ascending
CN VIII afferent fibers terminate in the cochlear nucleus a part of the medullal
2 accending pathways: Ipsilateral and Contralateral (Contralateral is opposite side as stimulated cochlea)
Decussation crossing over of nerve fibers from one side of pathways to the other side
Afferent goes up
Sound can come in left ear and travel in right contralateral pathway in addition to ipsilateral pathway
When the sound crosses over it is called decussation
During decussation it is nerve fibers that are crossing over
2/3 of the nerve fibers from the cochlear nucleus decussate with the Superior Olivary Complex
The Superior Olivary Complex is the next major nucleus in the CANS
Trapezoid Body neural tract that crosses the brainstem
1/3 of nerve fibers reach the Superior Olivary Complex on the Ipsilateral Side
Cochlear Nucleus to Superior Olivary Complex to Lateral Lemniscus to the Inferior Colliculus
Lateral Lemniscus is in the Pons region
Cochlear Nucleus to Superior to Lateral to Inferior
Connected fibers allow crossover between the two inferior colliculi
Trapezoid body is a tract is a path
Sound comes in right and travels up right it is ipsilateral
When sound crosses over it is contralateral
Medulla and Pons brainstem
Between cochlear nucleus and superior olivary complex 1st point of decussation
What do you call this first point of decussation trapezoid body
2/3 of the fibers go contralateral 1/3 go ipsilateral
Some fibers bypass the inferior colliculus and go to the next nucleus medial geniculate body in thalamus
Finally tract fans out into auditory radiations from the medial geniculate body to the auditory cortex in the temporal lobe of brain



Use these flashcards to help memorize information. Look at the large card and try to recall what is on the other side. Then click the card to flip it. If you knew the answer, click the green Know box. Otherwise, click the red Don't know box.

When you've placed seven or more cards in the Don't know box, click "retry" to try those cards again.

If you've accidentally put the card in the wrong box, just click on the card to take it out of the box.

You can also use your keyboard to move the cards as follows:

If you are logged in to your account, this website will remember which cards you know and don't know so that they are in the same box the next time you log in.

When you need a break, try one of the other activities listed below the flashcards like Matching, Snowman, or Hungry Bug. Although it may feel like you're playing a game, your brain is still making more connections with the information to help you out.

To see how well you know the information, try the Quiz or Test activity.

Pass complete!

"Know" box contains:
Time elapsed:
restart all cards