Ears have one of the most important functions of the body. It is chiefly the organ of hearing, sensitive to sound and has the ability to recognize, appreciate and reproduce sounds. Although it is an important organ, many still don't know much about the it.
Here are 10 interesting facts you need to know:
- Ears are not only organs of hearing, they also help us maintain our balance.
The smallest bone in the human body is found in the ear. It is called stapes, and is about 2.8mm long.
The ears function even when a person sleeps. Your brain blocks the sounds while you are asleep.
Ear wax is very important because it protects the ear from dust and friction. The ear pushes excess wax out as needed, which means you don't need to manually clean your ears except you have a medical condition.
Your sense of hearing is dependent upon tiny hairs deep inside your ear. If you lose these hairs, you lose your hearing.
The number one cause of hearing loss is exposure to excessively loud sounds (85 decibels or higher).
Your ears never stop growing. They get bigger as you grow older.
Dogs have more sensitive hearing than humans and can hear much higher frequencies.
Humans are capable of hearing sounds as low as 20 Hz. and as high as 20,000 Hz.
The strongest known ears belong to Manjit Singh. In 2007, he pulled a 7.4 tonnes (7,400kg) passenger airline with his ears for a distance of 12 feet. He wore ear harnesses and ropes were attached to them. These ropes were in turn attached to the airplane.