Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Why Old Men Have Big Ears

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In 1993, Dr. James A Heathcote, a general practitioner in Bromley, set out to answer the question: 'As you get older do your ears get bigger?' Dr. Heathcote and three colleagues examined the ears of 206 men of various ages, then presented his findings in a monograph called 'Why Do Old Men Have Big Ears?'

A chance observation - that older people have bigger ears - was at first controversial but has been shown to be true. Dr. Heathcote wrote: 'As we get older our ears get bigger (on average by 0.22 mm a year).'

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