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Ear Wax Is Good For You!We're not kidding!
1. The skin inside your ear is the same as the rest of the skin on your body. If you could see in a microscope in your ear, you'd see skin just like the rest of your skin.
2. The wax on your ear is there to waterproof the skin on the inside of your ear!! That's right! Waterproof! Just like the wax that your father (or your mother? Or maybe you?) puts on your car.
3. The wax also protects your ear! It discourages insects and bugs that may otherwise find your ear canal irresistible.. Again, we're not kidding. Have you ever considered just how appealing your warm, dark ear may look to a bug?
4. So ear wax is natural. It's good for you. Three cheers for ear wax! So - leave it alone! Why do people want to stick things in their ears anyway?
5. Well, for the record.. Your ears are self-cleaning! That's right. left alone, they will keep themselves in a happy state of adequate cleanliness. Of course, there is yucky stuff inside. You know that dead skin cells come off all the time. Well they come off the skin in your ears too.
And then there's old earwax. The thing is. the skin in your ear canal "migrates" out of your ear, carrying with it the old wax and old dead skin cells - just like a conveyor belt! So, all you have to do is be patient and, when the rubbish comes out to the outer part of your ear, just flick it away! Have you seen the way that dogs use their hind paws to flick at their ears? You can do that too. only use your hands and not your feet (unless you're extremely flexible!).
6. What can happen if you try to dig out the rubbish in your ear with a stick or a cotton bud? Really awful things!
- You could push that good ear wax into a big pile like a ball and it could block your ear canal. This is called impacted ear wax and you may have to go to a doctor to have it removed.
- Even worse, you could accidentally poke a hole in your ear drum!!! OUCH! The ear canal isn't that long and you can't see the end of it from the outside. At the end of the ear canal, there is your ear drum. It is just like a real drum. just a thin piece of skin pulled very tightly over a bony frame. It is very easy to perforate! If you push your stick or cotton bud in too far you can make a hole in it and that would cause problems!
DYK (Did you know)?Animal ENT Curiosities
DYK how a snake smells? With its tongue! It sticks its tongue into the air or on the ground to pick up scents! And by the way, snakes are deaf!
DYK that a rhinoceros has very bad eyesight? But they make up for it with very good hearing and an excellent sense of smell! Better stay quiet. and downwind!
DYK that the chameleon has a tongue which can be as long as one and a half times its own body length ? This reptile shoots out its tongue to catch its prey on the sticky tip, then reels it back in!
DYK that a giraffe's tongue can be half a metre long?
elephants flap their ears? To cool themselves down on hot days! An African elephant's ears can be up to one
and a half metres long! Built-in fans! And DYK that an elephant's trunk is really its nose? They can use it for many
DYK that a penguin's tongue is covered in tiny spines, so that it can grip those slippery fish?
DYK that female proboscis monkeys from Borneo chose their male partners by the size of their noses? They apparently prefer the biggest, longest and most-oddly shaped noses! There's no accounting for tastes!
- like an arm to reach leaves high in the trees or to tear off branches or pull up trees!
- as a hose to suck up water to squirt in its mouth or to spray like a shower over its body on hot days.
- to say hello! An elephant greet another elephant by touching the other's mouth with its trunk.
DYK that in France, pigs are trained to use their keen sense of smell to find truffles. These are a very valuable fungus which grows under the surface of the ground. The only problem is that pigs love to eat truffles too. and it's a brave person who will come between a full-grown pig and its truffle! The solution? The clever French are also training dogs to sniff out truffles!
DYK that the kiwi bird of New Zealand is an unusual bird because it has a very keen sense of smell? Its nostrils are at the tip of its long beak. It hunts at night, poking into the ground and wood with its beak for worms and grubs.
DYK that the stink bug from Venezuela really truly stinks? And it tastes disgusting too. That's lucky for the stink bug because no other animal wants to eat it!
DYK that if a camel is really thirsty, it can drink up to 180 litres of water in 20 minutes !?
DYK that a hummingbird can lick nectar at lightning speed? 13 times a second ! The hummingbird's beak is specially designed to reach deep into flowers. The beak can be almost half its body length! And the hummingbird's tongue can stretch to twice the length of its beak!
DYK that when a hooded seal wants to be aggressive, it can blow up the lining of its nostrils just like a big red balloon!!
DYK that the kakapo, a New Zealand ground parrot, can make a booming noise that can be heard over 5 kilometres away?!
DYK that hippos don't really yawn? They're just opening their jaws really wide to show off their teeth to scare off other hippos!