Your Ears And Nose Keep Growing As You Age

Your Ears And Nose Keep Growing As You Age

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. Learn more about your changing body in the videos below.

Do Your Organs Grow With You?

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

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Most organs grow along with the body until the late teens or early 20s. (0:05)

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    People who smoke when their body is not done growing run the risk of having underdeveloped lungs. (1:05)

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    Six-year-olds have ears that are 90% fully grown. (1:58)

10 Bodily Functions That Keep Working After Death

Do your nails and hair really keep growing?

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Key Facts In This Video

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    After death, the human body becomes dehydrated, which causes the skin to retract around the hair and nails. (0:21)

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    Gut bacteria keep breaking down food even after their host body has died. (1:19)

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    Even after the heart and lungs stop working, the brain can continue to pull nutrients and oxygen from the body. (1:56)

When Do You Stop Growing?

Your genetics play a big role in this one.

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