Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Organ of Corti

The organ of Corti is a spiral-shaped structure located on the cochlea's basilar membrane. Named after the Italian anatomist Alberto Corti, it is composed of neuroepithelial hair cells as well as supporting cells. These neuroepithelial hair cells of the organ of Corti are receptors for hearing, transforming acoustic vibrations into nerve impulses that are sent to the brain temporal lobe.