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Fun Facts About Hearing

  • 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
  • Sound travels at the speed of 1,130 feet per second, or 770 miles per hour
  • Dogs can hear much higher frequencies than humans
  • Crickets have their hearing organs in their knees
  • 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
  • Male mosquitoes hear with thousands of tiny hairs growing on their antennae
  • The inner ear is no larger than a pencil eraser in circumference
  • Your hearing can be damaged permanently even after a single incident of exposure to extremely loud noise (shotgun blast, explosion, etc.)
  • Your ears never stop hearing, even when you sleep. Your brain just ignores incoming sounds
  • Ears keep growing – Throughout your lifetime, your outer ear never stops growing
  • 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
  • A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21 inch tongue
  • When you go up to a high elevation, your ears pop.  This is because your eustachian tubes are equalizing the pressure between the outside air and the inside your ear
  • In World War I parrots were kept on the Eiffel Tower in Paris because of their remarkable sense of hearing. When the parrots heard enemy aircraft, they warned everyone of the approaching danger long before any human ear would hear it

MYTH: I cannot afford hearing aids

TRUTH: Just like any product, there are a wide range of prices for hearing aids. We can help you find aids within your budget

MYTH: I cannot do anything to prevent hearing loss from happening to me

TRUTH: 1/3 of all hearing loss can be prevented with proper ear protection!

  • Turn down the volume on devices that use earbuds or headphones
  • Wear protective ear plugs or earmuffs during loud activities (concerts, working machinery, mowing lawn, blowing leaves, etc.)

Ask your doctor about any side effects to hearing when taking new medicine

MYTH: Hearing aids restore hearing to normal just as an eyeglass prescription can restore vision to 20/20

FACT: Hearing aids do not restore hearing to "normal". Hearing aids do not "cure" your hearing loss, but they provide benefit and improvement in communication. They can improve your hearing and listening abilities, and they can substantially improve your quality of life

MYTH: You can save time and money by buying hearing aids online or by mail order

FACT: By working with a Hearing Aid Practitioner, you are purchasing professional care and services to ensure that the correct hearing aid is selected and that proper programming of the hearing aid is completed. Other professional care includes:

  • Hearing evaluation
  • Referral for medical treatment (if needed)
  • Hearing aid evaluation
  • Verification of fit of hearing aid
  • Instruction in how to properly use and maintain the hearing aid
  • Follow-up care and support
  • Repair services
  • Rehabilitation services

 

MYTH: A mild hearing loss is not bad enough for a hearing aid

FACT: Everyone's hearing loss and listening needs are different. By working with your Hearing Aid Practitioner, you can determine if a hearing aid is needed and how much it will improve your hearing

MYTH: Wearing two hearing aids is not necessary

FACT: We normally hear with two ears. Binaural (two-eared) hearing helps us localize sounds, assist us in noisy settings, and provide natural sound quality. Most people with hearing loss in both ears can understand better with two aids than with only one

MYTH: I am too old to benefit from a hearing aid

FACT: Hearing helps you connect with the world and communicate with those close to you at any age. Your loved ones may appreciate your new hearing aids, too

MYTH: A hearing loss means sounds need to be louder

FACT: Not really. In most cases, you can hear people talking, but have difficulty understanding what they're saying. Perhaps you can understand just fine in quiet places, but have trouble in noisy surroundings or in groups. Making all sounds louder just makes understanding harder. Hearing aids amplify the frequencies you need for better understanding

 

MYTH: If I did have a hearing impairment, I'd certainly know about it

FACT: The truth is, hearing loss happens gradually and the signs are subtle at first. Our own built-in defenses and ability to adapt make it difficult to self-diagnose. A simple Q & A hearing test can help you gain insight, while professional screening can provide a more definitive answer

MYTH: Living with hearing loss is not a big deal

FACT: There are many psychological effects to hearing loss, including frustration, withdrawal, and depression. Trouble communicating with others creates a strain on relationships and a loss of esteem. It's far better to deal with hearing loss than to pretend it isn't happening - or to ignore the effect it is having on those around you

"The ear is the avenue to the heart"
Voltaire

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