Full Cranial Nerve VIII - Vestibulocochlear Nerve Description
[Continued from above] . . . position of the head, and the impulses they initiate are passed into the brain as reflexes to assist in maintaining balance. (2) The cochlear branch fibers are located in the ganglion of the cochlea, the part of the inner ear that houses the hearing receptors. Nerve impulses from this region pass through the pons into the temporal lobe of the brain for interpretation.