Which part of the ear is used as a balance mechanism for the body?
There is a section of the inner ear called the semi-circular canals which are a major contributor towards our balance system. They are filled with a special fluid that 'swirls' around in response to movement, activating some very specialist nerve receptor cells which communicate with our brain to tell us how we are moving. The other parts of our body involved in balance are our eyes (which tell us where we are in relation to the horizon) and our feet (which tell us which direction our body is leaning in).
How do we hear sound?
The outer ear is the organ outside the head. Its intricate shape collects sound waves and funnels them into the ear canal and then onto the eardrum, which separates the outer and inner ear. The membrane of the eardrum is taut, like a drum skin, and vibrates in response to the sound waves.
What is hearing loss?
Our ears are highly sensitive and it’s very common for hearing to be affected over time, for a number of reasons. There are a few different types of hearing loss that mostly depends on which part of the hearing system is affected. Find out about the different types of hearing loss and what we can do to help you make the right choices when it comes to your hearing.