ORGAN OF CORTI
The part of the INNER EAR which is excited by the bulging of the BASILAR MEMBRANE. The nerve ends connected to the sensory hair cells transmit the excitation in the form of nerve impulses to the brain. See diagrams under COCHLEA, EAR.
See: ACOUSTIC TRAUMA, SENSORY-NEURAL HEARING LOSS, THRESHOLD SHIFT, TINNITUS, VOLLEY THEORY.