Inner ear hair cells, SEM

Inner ear hair cells, SEM

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Credit: DR DAVID FURNESS, KEELE UNIVERSITY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Inner ear hair cells (brown), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). These cells are from the vestibule of the inner ear and are surrounded by vestibular fluid. They are position hair cells and are used to sense the position of the head. When the head changes position, the change in gravity causes small calcium carbonate particles (otoliths) in the vestibular fluid to move. This changes the orientation of the hair cells, which send nerve impulses, via the vestibular nerve, to the brainstem, cerebellum and spinal cord.

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