Weird and Wacky Ear Facts


As with many things in life, there can be some very strange and quarky things out there that can confuse and bewilder a person.

But here at Hearing Aid we love to learn new information and that is why when we came across these interesting ear facts, we just had to share them with you! Have fun reading them and let us know of any weird tales you have heard…

  1. The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
  2. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  3. The ears of a cricket are located on the front legs, just below the knee.
  4. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue.
  5. Most people associate ears with hearing and sound but don’t realise that the inner ear helps them to have good balance as they walk and run as well.
  6. The smallest bone found in the human body is located in the middle ear and is only 2.8 millimetres long. It is also commonly known as the hammer, anvil and stirrup and collectively all three bones can fit together on a penny.
  7. Animals hear better than humans, especially dogs who can hear at much higher frequency than humans.
  8. When you go up to a high elevation, your ears pop.
  9. The ear continues to hear sounds, even while you sleep.
  10. Fish do not have any ears but they can hear by the changes of pressure through the ridges on their body.
  11. Snakes can hear through their jaw bone and through a traditional inner ear. In essence, snakes have two types of hearing mechanisms, which also helps them hear and catch prey.
  12. Sitting in front of the speakers at a pop or rock concert can expose you to 120 decibels, which will begin to damage hearing after only seven and a half minutes.
  13. Thirty-seven per cent of children who have a minimal hearing loss will fail at least one grade.
  14. Male mosquitoes hear with thousands of tiny hairs that grow on their antennae.

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