Category Archives: Interesting facts

Aug 14 2015

Did you know? The ear contains some of the smallest parts of the body

Did you know your ear contains the smallest muscle and bone in your body. The smallest muscle is called the stapedius, and is located in the middle ear. It is about a quarter of a centimeter long and controls the smallest bone in the body, the stapes or stirrup bone. The stapes is about twice […]

Aug 07 2015

Do people sound like they are mumbling?

“It sounds like people are mumbling.” This is a common complaint we hear from our older patients. Now, new research from the University of Maryland suggests that speech processing declines as we get older, even in the absence of measurable hearing loss. The research examined understanding of speech syllables for both younger and older adults […]

Feb 13 2015

What does it sound like to have a hearing loss?

Do you have normal hearing, but wonder what it might sound like to have a hearing loss? Maybe you know a relative or friend who has hearing loss and wonder how they hear. Hearing loss doesn’t just make sound quieter. It often distorts sound, making speech sound garbled. This is because frequencies aren’t affected equally. […]

Feb 05 2015

Every ear is unique

Did you know your ear is as unique as your fingerprint. That’s right, every ear has a slightly different size and shape. Theoretically, your ear print could be used for identification. Although, you don’t see many criminals leaving their ear print at a crime scene. So, it probably won’t replace finger prints any time soon.

Jan 22 2015

Fascinating Facts: Australian infants find it easier to understand Canadians

A new study out of the University of Western Sydney has found that Australian babies find it easier to understand Canadian accents than their own. Maybe it’s the way we say “aboot?” Actually, it appears there are more differences in sound between our vowels. For example, “ee” and “oo” sound more similar in Australian accents […]

Nov 25 2014

Fascinating Facts: Barn owls are acoustic hunters

The flat face of barn owls directs sound to their ears. This allows them to form a 3D acoustic picture of the environment, enabling them to hunt with great precision. Check out the link below for a fascinating video. http://bbc.in/1xW44Tc

Aug 28 2014

Designing buildings for better hearing

Here is something we don’t always think about. The way buildings are designed can drastically influence the way we hear. Check out the link below for an interesting video on how acoustics affect our hearing.   https://www.ted.com/talks/julian_treasure_why_architects_need_to_use_their_ears#t-6650

Jul 24 2014

Leave that earwax alone!

See the link below for a good article on why you shouldn’t clean your ears out on your own, especially with cotton swabs. The only time earwax should be removed is if your ear canal is completely blocked, causing hearing loss. Even then, you should see a Physician or Audiologist trained in wax removal to […]

Jul 15 2014

Sound advice!

Check out this video by Dr. Karl Kabasele and the Canadian Hearing Society for some great advice on hearing loss, protecting your hearing, and hearing aids.

May 29 2014

Ears: not just for hearing

We all know that we hear with our ears. Did you know that they also serve another important function? Balance. That’s right, the inner ear is composed of two organs. The cochlea, which is responsible for hearing, and three semicircular canals, which are responsible for balance. We may take them for granted, but this organ […]