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Previous pinner: "Hair cell of inner ear: A scanning electron microscope image of the sensory hair bundle from a guinea pig's hearing organ in the inner ear. When vibrations in the liquid in the inner ear causes these to move, nerve signals are sent to the brain, and are interpreted as sound." Me: Okay, guinea pig, not human, but these are the suckers that die off in Meniere's, alas...
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Previous pinner: "Cochlea from Inner Ear. Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of the inside of a guinea pig inner ear showing the hearing organ, or cochlea. Running along the spiral structure are rows of sensory cells which respond to different frequencies of sound. The whole organ is just a few millimeters long." Me: Granted, it's not human, but it's interesting to see one of the structures and systems causing me such grief!
Meniere’s disease is a condition in which there is an excess of fluid in the inner ear. The excess fluid disturbs the ear’s balance and hearing mechanisms and produces a range of symptoms: • vertigo (a form of dizziness where your surroundings appear to spin) • tinnitus (an abnormal ringing noise inside the ear) • fluctuating hearing loss • a feeling of pressure or fullness in the ear due to fluid build-up
"Middle ear bone. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the human middle ear, showing the stapes (ring-shaped). The stapes is one of three bones (known as the ossicles) in the middle ear that conduct sound waves from the outer ear to the inner ear. Vibrations from the eardrum are passed to the malleus and then the stapes via the incus. The stapes transmits these vibrations to the fluid-filled cochlear of the inner ear where they are converted to nerve impulses. Magnification: x100..."
Previous pinner: "Inner ear hair cells. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of sensory hair cells from the inner ear. These cells are surrounded by a fluid called endolymph. As sound enters the ear it causes waves to form in the endolymph, which in turn cause the hairs to move. The movement is converted to an electrical signal that is passed on to the brain. Each crescent-shaped arrangement of hairs lies atop a single cell."