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Incredible Ears

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The human ear is an amazing organ that fulfils two vital sensory functions – hearing and balance. However, most of the anatomical ear is unfamiliar to us as it is encased in bone, deep within the skull. In this talk, Dr Phil Cox will discuss the inner workings of the ear in both humans and other vertebrates, and explore how such a complex structure has evolved. He will also examine why these senses don’t always work perfectly – why do we start to lose our hearing as we get older, how does disease affect our sense of balance, and why does the room start to spin when we drink too much alcohol?

This talk is part of the Stokes Society, Pembroke College series.

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