10 cool facts about hearing

Did you know

  • Fish do not have ears, but they can hear pressure changes through ridges on their body.
  • The ear’s malleus, incus and stapes (otherwise known as the hammer, anvil and stirrup) are the smallest bones in the human body. All three together could fit together on a penny.
  • The ear continues to hear sounds, even while you sleep.
  • Sound travels at the speed of 1,130 feet per second, or 770 miles per hour.
  • Dogs can hear much higher frequencies than humans.
  • Ears not only help you hear, but also aid in balance.
  • Snakes hear through the jaw bone and through a traditional inner ear. In essence, snakes have two distinct hearing mechanisms, which helps them hear and catch prey.
  • Sitting in front of the speakers at a rock concert can expose you to 120 decibels, which will begin to damage hearing in only 7 1/2 minutes.
  • Thirty-seven percent of children with only minimal hearing loss fail at least one grade.
  • Male mosquitoes hear with thousands of tiny hairs growing on their antennae.

Source: American academy of audiology