10 Interesting Facts about Hearing
- The smallest bones are the ossicles in the middle ear: the Incus, the Malleus, and the Stapes ( also called the Anvil, Hammer and Stirrup)
- The inner ear is the circumference of a pencil eraser.
- Your sense of hearing depends on tiny hairs deep inside your ear. If you lose these hairs, you lose your hearing.
- You do not need to clean wax out of your ears unless you have an abnormal condition. Ears push excess wax out as needed.
- Most individuals experiencing hearing loss are under the age 65
- The number one cause of hearing loss is exposure to excessively loud sounds ( 85 decibels or higher)
- Your hearing can be damaged permanently even after a single exposure to extremely loud noise ( shotgun blast, explosion, etc.)
- Your ears never stop hearing, even when you sleep. Your brain just ignores incoming sounds.
- Ears are more than just necessary for hearing; they also help you keep your balance.
- Not all living creatures hear with ears. Snakes use jawbones, fish respond to pressure changes, and male mosquitoes use antennae.
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