The ossicles (also called auditory ossicles) are the three smallest bones in the human body.  They are contained within the middle ear space and serve to transmit sounds from the air to the fluid-filled labyrinth (cochlea).  The absence of the auditory ossicles would constitute a moderate-to-severe hearing loss.  The term “ossicles” literally means “tiny bones” and commonly refers to the auditory ossicles. (from wikipedia)

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