The final component is the inner ear, the transmission and broadcasting portion of the hearing process. The main structure is the cochlea, a bone that is shaped much like a spiral seashell, and
the semicircular canals which are further connected to the brain by the eighth nerve. The cochlea
contains nerve endings which deliver hearing impulses to the brain; the nerve endings of balance
are in the semicircular canals. The eighth nerve can be thought of as a communications
cable connecting the receptors of the inner ear with the information processing centers of our
internal computer, the brain.
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