Why do ear disorders affect balance?

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The inner ear includes what is known as the vestibular system, which involves three semicircular canals and structures called the utricle and saccule. The three canals control the body's balance, while the utricle and saccule work together to tell the brain about the body's position. If something interferes with the inner ear, such as ear disorders, the brain may not get the correct message and cannot position the body properly. People with vestibular disorders may also experience dizziness or a spinning sensation.

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