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Surprising Facts About the Five Senses!

Published: 02/20/2014

Last Updated: 08/01/2017

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The sense of hearing is actually due to a response to mechanical stimuli; vibrations are converted into nerve impulses that the brain receives.

Sensible facts:

  • Humans can hear sounds up to 20 kHz. The greater wax moth can hear sounds up to 300 kHz!
  • The cilia in the ear push earwax out of the ear naturally.
  • Snakes hear from their jawbones! No, really. Their inner ears are connected to their jawbones, so vibrations travel from the jawbones to the ear before being processed.
  • One of the earliest known forms of body modification is ear piercing.
  • Hearing and touch are the only senses that are types of mechanosensation.
  • The human ear is made of three sections. The middle ear contains the smallest bones in the body, known as the ossicles (hammer, anvil, and stirrup).
  • Crickets hear using organs called tympanum on their front legs.



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