Hair loss in this part of the body is associated with deafness. Where is it?
#98911. Asked by edmund80. (Aug 26 08 12:54 PM)
The organ of Corti in the ear.
The organ of Corti lies within the middle chamber of the cochlea. It contains thousands of hair cells, which are the actual vibration receptors. The apical surface of the hair cells contains an array of stereocilia, which give the hair cells their name. Stereocilia are not built from the "9+2" arrangement of microtubules that are found in true cilia.
The hair cells are located between the basilar and tectorial membranes. Vibrations of the endolymph cause vibrations of the basilar membrane.
In the case of partial or full deafness: Examination of its organ of Corti reveals destroyed hair cells in a single area whose location can be easily correlated with the pitch of the destructive sound.
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