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cochle/o is a combining form that refers to “cochlea”.

In the inner ear, the cochlea is a hollow snail-like bone that is crucial for auditory transduction and essential for hearing. Sound is picked up by the cochlea through vibrations, which cause the stereocilia to vibrate. Upon receiving these vibrations, the stereocilia convert them into nerve impulses that can be interpreted by the brain.