Our hearing is one of the most important senses we have in our day-to-day existence. Just try to imagine a world where everything is muted? How would you get along in your daily life if you couldn’t hear or experienced some degree of hearing loss? The world we live in is an increasingly loud place so it is essential to protect our ears and ability to hear. But, have you ever thought about your ears just by themselves?
Consider the following six facts you may not know about your ears!
- Balance – your ears are essential for you to maintain balance. If you’ve ever had an ear infection, you might know what we mean. Vertigo is a common side effect of an inner ear infection. Your ears help you balance properly due to the fluid within them. When this fluid moves, it tells your brain how to compensate in terms of your balance.
- Small Bones – your ears have the smallest bones found in the human body. Actually, there are three bones in your ear and all of them fall into this class. Technically, these bones are referred to as “ossicles.” They are designed to aid with sound transmittal. These bones capture the sound from the air then send them back to the brain.
- Earlobes – there are only two types of earlobes, attached or detached, and each are the result of genetics. Your earlobes never stop growing, either. And while scientists aren’t really sure why we have them, some think it may be to help with blood flow. The earlobes have an array of blood vessels within them and seem to support this theory.
- Earwax – the earwax inside your ears is actually made up of a combination of oil, sweat and dead skin cells. Earwax forms a barrier inside your ear canal and it helps to keep your ears clean. The earwax is sticky by design so it traps debris and particles from entering your ears. Think of your earwax as a filter between your ears and the outside world.
- Hearing loss – hearing loss occurs to almost everyone no matter how hard you try to protect your hearing. Hearing loss is one of the more common health problems in the world today. However, hearing loss isn’t often given much attention until it is too late since damage often occurs gradually and over time.
- Always hearing – your ears never stop hearing – even when you’re asleep – you never ‘turn off’ your ears. However, even though you are hearing while you are asleep, the brain does not process sounds in the same way as it does when you are awake. Your ears will always hear and process sound regardless of your state. Therefore, whether you’re conscious or unconscious, your ears never get a day off!