It can take years before our limbs and brain work together well enough to achieve good balance. What role do our ears play in helping us to meet this incredible challenge?
- Our sense of balance is learnt over many years.
- We have three specialised balance organs called the semicircular canals deep within our ears.
- The semicircular canals use fluid-filled tubes to monitor movement.
- The semicircular canals point in three different directions, allowing us to sense movement in three dimensions.
It keeps us standing. It helps us move. And tells us which way is up.
Our sense of balance.
We seem to love the thrill of putting it to the test, but in fact even just walking on our two legs is an incredible challenge.
When we're born we don't have this ...