noun (plural cochleae /-lēˌē, -lēˌī/)
The spiral cavity of the inner ear containing the organ of Corti, which produces nerve impulses in response to sound vibrations.
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- The inner ear includes the cochlea, the hearing organ, and the semicircular canals and otolith organs, the sense organs of balance.
- In the cochlea in the inner ear, the vibrations are changed into electric signals that move along the nerves to the brain.
- This measures the responses the cochlea makes to sounds produced by a probe placed in the outer ear.
mid 16th century (used to denote spiral objects such as a spiral staircase and an Archimedean screw): from Latin, 'snail shell or screw', from Greek kokhlias. The current sense dates from the late 17th century.
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- Sensorineural hearing loss indicates a disease or abnormality of the inner ear or cochlear portion of the eighth cranial nerve.
- A device called a cochlear implant can be surgically inserted in the inner ear of children as young as 12 months of age to stimulate hearing.
- No significant cochlear impairment was noticed in metabolically well-controlled diabetic patients in comparison to controls.
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