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Ear, Nose and Throat

Why do ears grow with age?

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  • AArthur Perry, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answered
    You might find some teenagers with large noses, but big ears are just not found on young people. Well, here's the news flash: it turns out that scientists in Italy have confirmed - ears actually do grow as we age.

    That's right. Bones, stop growing after puberty and muscle and fat cells also stop dividing. But cartilage - that's the plastic-like stuff in ears and noses - cartilage continues to grow until the day you die. Not only does cartilage grow, but the earlobes elongate from gravity. And that makes ears look even larger.
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