Vestibular System image, Public Domain: http://bit.ly/RPidNA; Bigolith image, Public Domain: http://bit.ly/Q8DAei; Human Ear image, Public Domain: http://bit.ly/VyeXJi; Cochlea image, http://bit.ly/WuGUTA Primary Auditory Cortex Image; Creative Commons: http://bit.ly/Uyty7J
Mechanical energy that travels in the form of a wave detected by our ears.
Sensory receptors located in the ear that aid in the process of hearing.
A coiled fluid-filled sac located in the inner ear that plays a role in sorting sound waves.
A membrane located in the ear that vibrates in response to incoming sound waves. Also known as the “eardrum”.
A structure found in the cochlea that contains hair cells, which are mechanoreceptors for sound.
Mechanoreceptors in the ear for sound.
A structure in the cochlea with which hair cells interact to produce action potentials.
Three structures of the inner ear that are involved with balance and equilibrium.
Composed of the three semicircular canals and two fluid-filled sacs, which monitor equilibrium.
Units used to measure the intensity of sound.
A part of the vestibular apparatus that help detect changes in the position of the head in space.
A nerve that carries signals from the inner ear to the brain.
A membrane that acts as a release valve for pressure.
A canal that funnels sound waves from outside the ear toward the middle ear.