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Learning objectives

After completing this study unit you will be able to:

  1. Understand the histology of the inner ear.
  2. Identify these parts under the microscope.

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The ear is a complex sensory organ responsible for hearing and balance. It is divided into three parts: the external ear, middle ear and internal ear.

The cochlea, which is found in the inner ear, has a distinct microanatomy. It houses the spiral organ, an elaborate configuration of membranous labyrinth and hair cells designed for auditory reception.

Learn more about the cochlea in the inner ear and its histology by viewing the images below:

Review the following histological slides to reinforce your learning:

Now, you can closely inspect the components of the cochlear duct and spiral organ in cross section:

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