How Many Bones Are There in the Ear?

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There are three bones in each ear, and they’re some of the tiniest bones in the human body. These bones are found in the middle ear and are called the ossicles.

The three ossicles are named the incus, stapes and the malleus, and they’re named for the shape they have. They are also known as the anvil, stirrup and hammer. The ossicle bones are all linked together to make sound possible. These three bones work together to move and transmit sound to the inner ear. Fluid membrane waves are created by the bones to convert the eardrum’s compression sound waves.