Hearing is one of the most developed senses in babies right after birth. However, someone’s ability to hear sounds and differentiate them strongly depends on his or her inheritance, living environment, and age.
For decades doctors have been fascinated by human hearing and how it compares to one of the other animal species, and there are some interesting conclusions from these studies. In fact, there are plenty of mind-blowing facts you should know about hearing and hearing loss, and here are some of the most important.
Not all creatures hear with their ears
Believe it or not, there are plenty of other living beings that don’t have ears or don’t use them for hearing. For instance, some fish use water pressure changes to differentiate between various types of sounds, while male mosquitoes use antennae.
Not all creatures hear the same
The ability to hear comes different for each species, depending on its other skills and weaknesses. Hearing evolved according to a species’ requirements, and this is why some animals rely on it more than others.
It was recently discovered that the moth has the most sensitive hearing of all animals and insects. However, the ability is not inherited but rather achieved and adapted for generations. The evolution of moth’s hearing senses is strictly linked to its survival skills.
Since bats are their main predators, moths needed to develop their hearing even more than bats and this is why they are able to hear even higher frequencies than bats.
Bats and owls also benefit from strong hearing skills mainly as a compensation for their poor vision. Both are night creatures and must rely more on their other senses in order to catch their prey.
One of the leading causes of hearing loss and hearing-related problems is strictly linked to the environment we live in and the type of lives we are used to living. If we live or work in noisy environments we have a stronger chance to develop hearing problems sooner.
Constantly listening to loud music, especially on headphones or earphones can also lead to a poor hearing in children and young adults. Moreover, staying close to loudspeakers at concerts or other noisy events can affect your hearing in under 10 minutes.
Common health problem
According to recent studies, hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States, affecting over 50 million people. And this only gets worse with age as there is a higher risk of developing hearing problems after the age of 65.
In addition, the latest studies conducted for the past 12 years show an alarming link between patients with untreated hearing problems and dementia so it’s highly important to seek professional help and hearing aids as soon as you notice that something is wrong.