Artwork of inner ear

Artwork of inner ear

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Credit: JOHN BAVOSI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Inner ear. Illustration of the sensory organs of the human inner ear. The inner ear contains a maze of fluid-filled passages called the labyrinth, shown here in blue. At right is the cochlea, a hollow spiral containing microscopic hairs that respond to sound vibrations conveyed from the mid- dle ear. The near end of the spiral picks up high- frequency sound; the central (far) end detects low frequency sound. Nerves (yellow) connected to the cochlea carry sound impulses to the brain. The three loops at left are the semi-circular canals. These provide the sense of balance by detecting movement of fluid through the three planes.

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Keywords: anatomy, artwork, auditory sense, body, cochlea, ear, hearing, human anatomy, human body, illustration, inner ear, semicircular canal, senses, structure

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