What’s that you say?

Did you hear something? Maybe the sound you heard was as quiet as your cat licking her paws. Or maybe it was loud, like a siren going by. Sounds are everywhere, and your ears are in charge of collecting those sounds, processing them, and sending sound signals to your brain. And that’s not all — your ears also help you keep your balance. So if you bend over to pick up your pencil, you won’t fall down.

As body parts go, your ears don’t ask for much. They don’t need to be brushed like your teeth or trimmed like your fingernails, but they do need to be protected in certain situations. The ear is made up of three different sections: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. All these parts work together so we can hear and process sounds.

Protect your hearing by wearing earplugs at loud music concerts or around noisy machinery. Keep the volume down on your car stereo and be mindful while wearing headphones. Remember, your ears take care of you, so be sure to take care of them.

Check out our “Listen hear! All About the Ear” lesson to help your children understand the different parts of the ear and how to protect them.