The Ears


Your ears began to sprout when you were five weeks old, when bulges called branchial arches appeared.

Week 8

These arches later formed into auricular hillocks, structures that grew and joined to form the outer ears. These form the shell-shaped parts of the outer ears.

Week 16

The ears are close to reaching their final position.

Week 18

Your ears stuck out on the sides of your head. Function followed form, and you may have been able to hear! From the fifth to ninth month, your inner and middle ears developed, increasing your ability to hear.

What the foetus hears in the womb

The foetus can hear his mother's heartbeat and conversations taking place

Senses and sounds at sixteen weeks

What the mother's heartbeat sounds like to the foetus inside the womb