Let’s think ears. The inner ear: for hearing and maintaining balance. The outer ear: what we see on the side of our head. The middle ear: where we find the ossicles (great word).

The right ear is connected to the brain’s left hemisphere and processes rapidly changing sounds, and the left ear processes prolonged tones. Apparently it’s better to use the left ear for phone calls.

Ears don’t always function properly. Ear infections, tinnitus and Meniere’s disease may cause pain and dizziness and other unpleasant symptoms. Diminished, or loss of hearing may affect balance as well as making someone feel isolated.

What if we didn’t have ears? Well, apart from the obvious as outlined above, ears provide handy hooks on which to hang our glasses – and, now, our face masks, though surgeons and other workers realised that decades ago; the rest of us are playing catch-up.

St Paul wrote, “The body itself is not made up of only one part, but of many parts… If the ear were to say, ‘Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,’ that would not keep it from being a part of the body. If the whole body were just an eye, how could it hear? And if it were only an ear, how could it smell? As it is, however, God put every different part in the body just as he wanted it to be.” Well, thank God he did! As David the psalmist wrote, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous – how well I know it.” Indeed. Ear ear!

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