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Grunts, Growls and Gurgles

Think you know why your belly makes sounds? Find out with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 10 Correct

Which of these can cause burping?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can create excess gas in your stomach, making you burp. Drinking soda, sucking on hard candies or mints and wearing ill-fitting dentures or retainers -- and even wearing too tight clothes -- can lead to burps, too.

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Question 2 of 10 Correct

Constant ringing in the ear may indicate which condition?

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The correct answer is: Tinnitus, or ringing in the ear, can be an indication of several things. Less serious causes of tinnitus include ear wax buildup, noise exposure, natural aging and fluid on the ear. Tinnitus can also be an indication of more severe conditions, including a high dose of aspirin, Meniere's disease and acoustic neuroma (a non-cancerous tumor of the nerve that connects the ear to the brain). To figure out what's causing your ringing, see your doctor.

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Question 3 of 10 Correct

True or false: You can usually quiet a gurgly stomach by taking a few moments to sit very still.

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The correct answer is: This is false. There is no magic way to quiet a gurgly stomach. Officially known as "borborygmi" -- which sounds like the noise itself! -- these gurgles happen as digestive juices, gas and liquids move during digestion.

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Question 4 of 10 Correct

How fast is air expelled during a sneeze?

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The correct answer is: The air we expel when we sneeze can travel as fast as 100 miles per hour. The air is moving so fast, in fact, that holding in a sneeze can cause fractures in the nasal cartilage, nosebleeds, ruptured eardrums, hearing loss, vertigo or detached retinas.

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Question 5 of 10 Correct

True or false: Constantly clearing your throat could be a sign of an impending asthma attack.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Frequently having to clear your throat may be a sign you are going to experience an asthma attack in the near future. Other signs include having a "full" feeling in the chest, sighing a lot and having a "tickle" in the throat.

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Question 6 of 10 Correct

Which of these may cause you to grind your teeth in your sleep?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Stress, suppressed anger and some medications can lead to unconsciously grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism. Because bruxism is often done unconsciously during your sleep, watch for other signs to see if you have a problem. These symptoms can include headaches, jaw problems, facial pain and even damaged teeth.

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Question 7 of 10 Correct

What causes wheezing?

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The correct answer is: Wheezing occurs when the small airways of the lungs become narrower because of a buildup of mucus and dead cells or inflammation. As these airways become more and more narrow and air has a smaller space through which to pass, a whistling noise may be heard when the person breathes in and out.

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Question 8 of 10 Correct

Which of these treatments can stop the hiccups?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Drinking water from the opposite side of a glass, standing on one foot while holding your nose and jumping up and down, and being scared can help you get rid of the hiccups. All three of these things make you stop breathing for a short period of time, which is long enough for your diaphragm to relax and stop hiccuping.

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Question 9 of 10 Correct

How many times a day does the average person pass gas?

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The correct answer is: The average person passes gas about 14 times a day -- that's about 1 to 3 pints of gas. The good news? Less than 1 percent of it smells.

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Question 10 of 10 Correct

Which of these conditions can cause snoring?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Snoring is more common in men, older adults and people who are overweight, but it may also be caused by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and a cold or stuffy throat. Women who are in the last phases of pregnancy are also more likely to snore.

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