The Cochlea pp 44-129 | Cite as

Structure of the Mammalian Cochlea

  • Norma B. Slepecky
Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 8)


The cochlea within the inner ear contains the cells responsible for the perception of sound. Unfortunately for researchers, the structures of interest are housed in a rather inaccessible part of the skull, totally embedded in bone. In spite of this, the anatomy was well described in the mid-nineteenth century by Retzius, Huschke, Reissner, Kolliker, Deiters, Hensen, and Corti, names familiar even to present-day cochlear anatomists. From their studies, it was known that the cochlea is composed of a bony labyrinth, within which is found the cellular structures comprising the membranous labyrinth. These are easily seen in a section taken through the cochlea in a plane parallel to its long axis (Fig. 2.1).


Hair Cell Outer Hair Cell Basilar Membrane Spiral Ganglion Stria Vascularis 
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