Structure of the cochlea, artwork

Structure of the cochlea, artwork

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Caption: Structure of the cochlea. Computer artwork of a section through the organ of Corti, the auditory sense organ that lines the spiral of the cochlea in the inner ear. This structure contains rows of hair cells (blue): outer hair cells (right) and inner hair cells (left). On top of these cells are stereocilia, which touch the tectorial membrane (green, top) and detect tiny movements in the membrane. These movements are as a result of sound-induced pressures in the inner ear fluids. The hair cells translate these movements into electrical impulses, which travel down the nerve fibres (orange) to the brain, where they are deciphered as sound.

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