Inner ear

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British pronunciation/ˈɪnəɹ ˈiə/
American pronunciation/ˈɪnɚɹ ˈɪɹ/
Inner ear

the sensory organ responsible for hearing and balance located within the skull

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inner ear definition and meaning

What is "inner ear"?

The inner ear is a complex structure located deep within the skull and is responsible for both hearing and balance. It consists of the cochlea, semicircular canals, and vestibule. The cochlea is responsible for converting sound vibrations into electrical signals that can be interpreted by the brain. The semicircular canals and vestibule play a crucial role in maintaining balance and detecting changes in head position and movement. The inner ear is filled with fluid and contains delicate sensory cells that help transmit auditory and vestibular information to the brain. It is a vital part of our sensory system, enabling us to hear and maintain our sense of balance.

The auditory nerve transmits signals from the inner ear to the brain for interpretation.
People with Meniere's disease may need to adjust their diet to reduce salt intake, which can impact fluid balance in the inner ear.
John experienced sudden dizziness and ringing in his ears, leading to a diagnosis of Meniere's disease affecting his inner ear.
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