Inner ear section
Section view with the most important parts of the inner ear. The most important parts are highlighted in color.
The inner ear is formed by a complicated system of cavities. This system is called the bony labyrinth.
Distinction is made between the cochlea, the semi-circular canals and, in between, the vestibule. In the cochlea there are two openings each covered with a taut membrane. These are named after their shape, i.e. round window and oval window. The oval window is a sort of entrance for sound and the round window a sort of exit.
Information and ideas:
Helps to put the inner ear in the overall context of the structure of the ear.
Can be used, for example in a worksheet, for work together in class with the digital projector, as overhead transparency.
Relevant for teaching:
Structure and function of a sensory organ
Reception of stimuli and transmission of information
Functions of senses