2015 Hearing & Balance

Labyrinths

Critical fact icon The inner ear consists of 2 structural regions that contain different fluids:  the bony (osseous) labyrinth, which contains Na+-rich perilymph, and the membranous labyrinth, which contains K+-rich endolymph.  The histology in each of the 6 receptive areas of the inner ear is similar.
Labyrinth schematic

Black

Osseous labyrinth
Grey Perilymph
Dark blue Membranous labyrinth
Light blue Endolymph
Red Receptive region
Green Gelatinous mass
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