Otology: Inside the Inner Ear

The ear is much more than a hearing device, as both doctors and laymen were sharply reminded last week by the repercussions of what happened in Colonel John Glenn's inner ear when he "spun in" and banged his head on the edge of a bathtub. Just inside a man's ears is an exquisitely delicate mechanism, the workings of which are not fully understood. When that mechanism is damaged, as in Glenn's case, by what his doctors at first called "a mild concussion," medical men are sometimes baffled because they cannot see into the inner ear to find what is wrong....

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