11 fun facts about hearing!


Ears grant a truly unique way of experiencing the world around us. It can affect multiple areas of our lives for example how we learn & communicate. Here are some quirky fun facts about hearing.


  1. Newborn babies middle ear is full of fluid and can impair their hearing slightly. 
  2. Your ears don’t stop hearing when you are asleep. Your brain actually chooses to ignore sound
  3. A dogs attention level can be determined by noticing its ears. Ears forward mean engaged. Pulled back ears mean friendly. 
  4. Snakes hear through their jaw bones and fish hear through ridges on their body because neither animal has actual ears!
  5. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria I your ear by 700 times 
  6. You do not need to clean the wax out of your ears unless you have an abnormal production. Ears push the excess wax out as required. However if you have an earwax blockage, you will want to have it professionally removed so please contact us. 
  7. 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.
  8. Sound travels at the speed of 1130 feet per second.
  9. A newborn baby’s entire hearing apparatus is slightly immature but responds best to high pitched voices. Probably why we squeal and speak like chipmunks to them for them to respond. 
  10. The number one cause of hearing loss is exposure to loud sounds (85 decibels or higher) 
  11. In the inner ear, there are three small loops above the cochlea called the semicircular canals. Like the cochlea, they are also filled with liquid and have thousands of microscopic hairs. When you move your head, the liquid in the semicircular canals moves too and helps to keep your balance when in motion. 


Sounds and communication put joy and meaning into our days and give us a better life. We believe hearing shouldn’t be a barrier to living a fulfilling and engaging life. 

Through hearing loss consultations and clinical hearing tests your hearing care professionals can help at almost all stages of hearing loss and if hearing devices are appropriate for your hearing needs, we will help you to walk through the process of selecting the ideal options for you. 

Coping with hearing loss isn’t for the faint of heart