10 Facts about Hearing

Ever wondered how a fish hears? Test your hearing knowledge with this list of facts.

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Music has often been referred to as the art of the cosmos. By extension, your ears provide access to one of the most divine senses—hearing. These incredible organs carry waves in the air around you to your brain, where they are understood as distinct sounds. For this intricate process to happen, every part of the ear must be in top working order. Ten are not nearly enough to cover all the amazing things ears can do, but this list includes some of the more interesting facts:

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

If you or a family member is struggling with hearing loss, help is available. Use our online locator to schedule a no-obligation appointment today and preserve this life-enriching sense.