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What does vestibular dysfunction tell me about my inner ear?

If you have vestibular dysfunction, it means there is a problem in your inner ear. Just behind your eardrum, there is a part of the structure of your inner ear called the vestibular system. It helps your body process the effects of gravity and motion. It is made up of two sections: the semicircular canals and the otolithic organs. The three semicircular canals are filled with fluid and transfer signals to the brain when the head moves. The two otolithic organs, called the utricle and the saccule, are also filled with fluid. They transfer signals to the brain when we move our body and also help the brain determine the position of the head. When there is a problem in your vestibular system, your brain may not be able to register gravity and motion properly.

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