The Vestibular System

The vestibular system is your organ of balance. As your head moves, fluid in the vestibule moves special cells – similar to the sensory hair cells in the cochlea. This movement is then converted into electrical signals, in the same way that the cochlea does with sounds. These electrical signals are processed by your brain, to tell you how your head is moving. This information, together with your vision and sensors in your joints, helps you to maintain your balance. Ménière's Disease is a condition in which the symptoms include dizziness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and deafness to varying degrees.

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