A spiral-shaped cavity in the inner ear that plays a crucial role in hearing.
From latin 'cochlea' meaning 'a snail shell'.
- The cochlea is responsible for converting sound waves into electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain.
- Damage to the cochlea can cause permanent hearing loss.
- The cochlea is lined with hair cells that move in response to sound vibrations.
- The cochlea is shaped like a snail shell, hence its name.
- The cochlea is part of the vestibular system, which helps maintain balance.