Aging

Your Ears And Nose Get Bigger In Old Age (But Not Because They're Growing)

Why does it seem like a person's ears and nose continue to grow until old age? Height doesn't change after puberty (well, if anything we get shorter as we age) but ears and noses are always lengthening. That's due to gravity, not actual growth.

As you age, gravity causes the cartilage in your ears and nose to break down and sag. This results in droopier, longer features. Studies have estimated that ears lengthen at a rate of about .22 millimeters per year. The growth appears in men and women, so it's just one of the many universal joys of getting older.

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Do Your Organs Grow With You?

For the most part, yes, but not all organs are alike.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Most organs grow along with the body until the late teens or early 20s. 00:05

  2. People who smoke when their body is not done growing run the risk of having underdeveloped lungs. 01:05

  3. Six-year-olds have ears that are 90% fully grown. 01:58

Written by Curiosity Staff August 17, 2017

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