Cochlea "Hair Cells"  Organ of Corti by diagnosisart

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Also from of the “Cochlea Suite”, this painting shows the three rows of cilia which are part of the outer hair cells (‘v’ shaped portions) as well as the single row of inner hair cells and corresponding cilia or “hairs”.

The bottom of the hair cells are attached to the basilar membrane, and the stereocilia are in contact with the tectorial membrane. Inside the cochlea, sound waves cause the basilar membrane to vibrate in an up and down motion. This creates a force between the basilar membrane and the tectorial membrane, causing the haircells and corresponding cilia to bend back and forth. Within the hair cells electrical charges are created. These signals are passed on to the brain via auditory nerve fibers which rest below the hair cells.


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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 3 years ago

    brilliant work!!

  • Thank-you! I will take some time to look around in your travel photography soon! beautiful! My heart is in travel as well but with three munchkins that isn’t in my cards – yet!

    – diagnosisart

  • linaji
    linajiabout 3 years ago

    Holy Wow.. we are beautifull inside!

  • you would be amazed! it is a whole new world in there. Thanks for the note!
    Love your work – just got lost in “Seeds of Spring”!

    – diagnosisart

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