Balance chip keeps you rock steady

2019-03-01 01:20:08

By Celeste Biever AN IMPLANTABLE chip could eventually restore a sense of balance to people who have lost theirs through accident or illness. To balance, we rely on input from our vestibular system; a set of fluid-filled canals in the inner ear. When we move, tiny hairs pick up disturbances in the fluid, and nerves attached to the canals transmit signals to the brain, which passes the information on to muscles controlling our eyes and posture. But the system can be damaged by impacts, a loud blast, age or infection,