6 Interesting Facts About Your Ears

Your ears. You use them everyday to hear the world around you, but how much do you truly know about them? At OSSIC we've learned quite a lot about ears, so we figured we'd share some of our favorite facts with you. After all, there's more to your ear than meets the...eye? 

Your Ears Help Inform Your Taste

You can't really taste the food with your ears but there is a correlation between what you hear and what you taste. Your ears help transmit the taste signals to your brain. You have a division of nerves - the chorda tympani. It runs right through the middle ear while connecting the undergo buds of your tongue's face to the brain. So, your ears can actually affect your ability to recognize the flavor. There are some ear surgeries that might affect your taste just like some particular ear diseases can affect your taste as well.

Your Ears Never Sleep

It's not only New York that is the city that never sleeps. Your ears never sleep as well. They are always functioning. Even when you are sleeping, your ears continue to hear every sound around you. The reason why you don't wake up is because your brain chooses to shut them off. 

Your Ears Have A Facelift Every Year

The ear canal skin is always increasing. It is able to grow about 1.3 inches each year. However, since it drops off, you don't even realize it. But this isn't the only thing happening with your ears. Did you know that your ears never stop growing? Yes, that's right. Despite our ear bones reach their full size right after puberty, the cartilage part of your ear keeps growing and elongating. Studies have estimated that ears lengthen at a rate of about .22 millimeters per year

Your Ears Help You With Your Balance

When you feel something like a jolt of vertigo, you might be suffering from an inner ear infection. The thing is that your inner ears are full with fluid that just keeps moving around. This is the sign your brain needs to know you're moving. But the fluid is also able to tell the brain that you're lying down, sitting up, leaning back, if your head is looking up, down, or ahead.

Your Ears Hold The Smallest Skeletal Muscle

Your holds the smallest skeletal muscle - the stapedius. The stapedius, despite being so small, has a huge importance. It moves to protect your inner ears from the loudest sounds. But it also works together with the tensor tympani, another muscle. And these two together work every time you speak. This is meant to make sure that the sound of your own voice doesn't reverberate inside your head.

Your Ears hold The Smallest Bones

While we already talked about ears holding the smallest muscles in the human body, ears also hold the smallest bones, and they are called ossicles. These bones are found in the middle ear, which includes the incus, the malleus, and the staples, which are sometimes called anvil, hammer, and stirrup. The name of these bones were also an inspiration for our own name, OSSIC.