Anatomy and Physiology of the Balance Organs

This micro skills course describes the anatomy of the balance organs in the inner ear (the vestibular system). Also covered is the mechanism whereby the otolithic organs and semicircular canals provide neural input on movement and the sense of balance.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
NHS Health Education England

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  1. Label the balance organs located in the vestibular system in the inner ear;
  2. List and contrast the functions of the otolithic organs and semicircular canals;
  3. Identify the component parts of these organs;
  4. State how these organs detect rotational and linear acceleration and deceleration of the head

Course provided in association with


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  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
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