With Halloween just around the corner, it is interesting to look into the strange and odd. We have some strange facts about the human body, specifically the ear, nose, and throat that might interest you.


Your Sneezing Style Is Genetic:

Have you ever been frightened by a “dad” sneeze? One of those sneezes that is booming and startles everyone in the room? This sneeze style does not just suddenly appear once someone becomes a father, but it is genetic. Some people have loud booming sneezes, while others have quieter sneezes. If your sneeze is starling a room full of people, blame genetics!


Your Nose Has A Memory:

Olfaction, or smell, is connected to your limbic system. The limbic system is the part of your brain that is thought to be responsible for attributing emotions to specific events. This is why you can sometimes smell the memory you are thinking about, or why a certain smell reminds you of a memory.


Earwax Increases Production When Stressed/Scared:

The glands in your ears that secrete earwax are a class of glands called the apocrine glands. These glands are also responsible for sweat. Just like being scared can make you sweat more, being scared or stressed can cause you to produce more earwax. You might want to get your ears cleaned after Halloween!


Bonus Bizarre Fact:

Unlike humans, many animals do not hear out of their ears. All animals have an ear, nose, and tract system that is specific for that animal’s needs. For example, snakes use their jawbones to hear while fish instead respond to changes in pressure.


Have some ENT related issues that are giving you the heebie-jeebies? Do not feel spooked, instead schedule an appointment with our ENT, Dr. Joseph Russell. To schedule an appointment please call us at (843) 576-3302 or schedule online.