Histology Atlas Curriculum

The ear

The ear is a sensory organ that functions to provide sound/hearing (auditory system) and also balance (Vestibular system).

Learning outcomes

When you have reviewed all the interactive images in this module you should be familiar with

  • the two functional divisions and three anatomical divisions of the ear.
  • the relationship of the membranous and osseus (bony)labyrinths.
  • the structure and function of the various receptors of the middle ear.
  • how the otoliths (otoconia) of the inner ear differ from the bony ossicles of the middle ear.
  • the components of the organ of Corti.

Learning Modules

External ear canal

Internal ear

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