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Sense organ of balance


Labeled graphic:
Structure of sense organ of balance with labeling of most important parts.

English, Spanish (CREA), German
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The sense organ of balance is located next to the hearing organ (cochlea) in the inner ear.
The sense organ of balance is made up of the vestibule and the semi-circular canals. Distinction is made between the sense of position and the sense of rotation.
Sense of position:
The vestibule with saccule and utricle which enable us to perceive our spatial position as well as straight movements.
Sense of rotation:
The three semi-circular canals which enable us to perceive rotational movements.

Information and ideas:
This graphic shows very clearly where the sense organs of balance (sense of position, sense of rotation) are located in the inner ear. It is also clear where they are in relation to the structure of the cochlea.

The graphic can be used as introduction to the topic or to give an overview in order to be able to explain individual parts and sensory organs of the ear.

The teacher can work on the graphic together with students at the computer or get the students to label it themselves either as a printout or at the computer.

Relevant for teaching:
Structure and function of a sensory organ
Reception of stimuli and processing of information.
Grade 5 to 6; Grade 7 to 9; Grade 10 to 13
Middle/high school; Vocational training
Anatomy (human); Ear; Sense of balance; Sense organ; Ear (inner ear); Medical illustration; Sense of balance; Sense organ
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