palatini

Today in weird useless superpowers

Today I finally learned that the reason I can pop my ears at will (and why the advice to chew gum when flying on a plane never made any sense to me because “why don’t you just click your ears?”), and make my own voice sound louder in my head without raising my actual voice, and make that rumbling noise in my ears at will, and “click” them in whatever rhythm I want is because I have voluntary control of my tensor tympani muscle (or is it the tensor velli palatini?).

I also learned that this is apparently a rare ability, which I guess would explain why my friends were like “I have no idea what you’re talking about, quit being weird” when I asked them about “you know, the clicking sound in your ear” as a kid.