Interesting Facts About the Ears, Nose & Throat: Part 2

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:

Earwax has been useful to anthropologists for studying mankind’s early migratory patterns.

Depending one which region people traveled to, or lived in, they either had dry earwax that they produced, or wet earwax.

Humans can detect more than 10,000 scents.

The human nose has about 400 types of scent receptors that can detect nearly 1 trillion different odors.

Your nose is connected to your memory center. Olfaction, also known as smell, is directly connected to the limbic system. The limbic system is the part of the brain thought to be responsible for the attribution of emotions to events. Do you ever think of something and then can essentially smell the memory?

Earwax production is increased when you are stressed or scared. The glands in the ear that help to secrete wax are a class of glands called the apocrine glands. These glands are also responsible for your smelliest sweat. Just as stress can make you sweat more, it can produce an increase in your earwax production.

Not all living creatures hear with ears.

Snakes use jawbones, fish respond to pressure changes, and male mosquitoes use antennae. Animals all have an ear, nose and tract system that is specific to what they need to survive.