Inner ear

The inner ear (internal ear, auris interna) is the innermost part of the vertebrate ear. In vertebrates, the inner ear is mainly responsible for sound detection and balance.[1] In mammals, it consists of the bony labyrinth, a hollow cavity in the temporal bone of the skull with a system of passages comprising two main functional parts:[2]

Inner ear
Details
Arterylabyrinthine artery
Identifiers
Latinauris interna
MeSHD007758
TA98A15.3.03.001
TA26935
FMA60909
Anatomical terminology
Inner ear

The inner ear is found in all vertebrates, with substantial variations in form and function. The inner ear is innervated by the eighth cranial nerve in all vertebrates.