Interesting Facts About the Ears, Nose & Throat: Part 1

Most of our doctors specialize in the ears, nose and throat. These physicians are called ENTs or otolaryngologists. These doctors at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center in Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Benton are also specialists or sub-specialists of one or two of the sects that make up otolaryngology. Some of these specialties and sub-specialties include allergy, laryngology, pediatrics, nasal reconstruction, sleep parathyroid, thyroid and neck surgery. These doctors serve patients dealing from the earaches, to hearing loss, to more serious problems such as head and neck cancer.

The human ear, nose and throat tract is very interesting and sometimes an enigma. There are many cool things the human body does and experiences in terms of the ear, nose and throat tract. Here are some fun facts:

Approximately 20,000 liters of air pass through the average adult’s nose every single day.

Humans have about 12 million olfactory receptor cells, but that number decreases with age.

The nose contributes to how we perceive taste.

Your brain perceives the singular sensation of flavor as a combination of a food’s actual taste, smell, and texture. Additionally, the openings of your nasal passages contain the cells that perceive smell. These cells then relay information to the mouth by way of what is called olfactory referral. ENTs will also help with smell and taste disorders.

As you age your nose will continue to grow.

While it will reach its main shape by age 19, the nose will continuously change over your lifetime. It will especially lengthen and droop as time goes on.

The nose produces one whole liter of mucus each day. Due to Post Nasal Drip, you end up swallowing almost all of the mucus produced.