Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fun facts about hearing

Did you know???
  • Cicadas have their hearing organs in their stomachs.
  • Crickets have their hearing organs in their knees.
  • Male mosquitoes hear with thousands of tiny hairs growing on their antennae.
  • Fish do not have ears but they can hear. They hear pressure changes through ridges on their bodies.
  • Snakes do not have ears, but their tongues are sensitive to sound vibrations.
  • In World War One (WWI) parrots were kept on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France because of their remarkable sense of hearing. When the parrots heard the enemy aircraft coming they would warn everyone of the approaching danger long before any human ear would hear it.
  • The three bones in the ear are the smallest bones in the human body. All three together could fit 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.
  • 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.
  • Everyone by 40 years of age should have a baseline hearing evaluation.

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Image obtained 10-15-13 from:

Better Hearing Institute (2008). BHI Factoids. Retrieved from:
Sight and Hearing Association (2002). Health Issue of The Month. Retrieved from:
The Nemours Foundation (2006). Your Ears. Retrieved from:

Healthy Hearing (2008). Healthy Hearing (2008). Do Snakes Have Ears? How Do Snakes Hear Ssssssounds? Retrieved from: http://www.

Bess, F.H., Dodd-Murphy, J., & Parker, R.A. (1998). Children with minimal sensorineural hearing loss: Prevalence, educational performance, and functional status. Ear & Hearing, 19(5), 339-354.

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