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Do men pass down through their genes a trait for extra ear hair?

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Doctors don’t know exactly why some people have so much ear hair. For many years, researchers thought it was a trait men passed down genetically, through their Y chromosome. However, more recent studies say that isn’t true.

From: Why Are My Ears Hairy? WebMD Medical Reference

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About Kids Health: “What Your Newborn Baby Looks Like.”

Medscape: “Male Aesthetics.”

World Health Organization: “The Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear and Hearing.”

American Speech Language Hearing Association: “How Our Balance System Works.”

Lee, A.C. , December 2004. European Journal of Human Genetics

Al Aboud, D. , 2014. Our Dermatology Online

Woods, D., , August 1982. Pediatrics

Pavone, P. , published online Aug. 5, 2015. Italian Journal of Pediatrics

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American Family Physician: “Removal of Unwanted Facial Hair.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 07, 2018

SOURCES:

About Kids Health: “What Your Newborn Baby Looks Like.”

Medscape: “Male Aesthetics.”

World Health Organization: “The Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear and Hearing.”

American Speech Language Hearing Association: “How Our Balance System Works.”

Lee, A.C. , December 2004. European Journal of Human Genetics

Al Aboud, D. , 2014. Our Dermatology Online

Woods, D., , August 1982. Pediatrics

Pavone, P. , published online Aug. 5, 2015. Italian Journal of Pediatrics

Schaefer, P., , Dec. 1, 2012. American Family Physician

Nemours TeensHealth: “All About Ears.”

American Family Physician: “Removal of Unwanted Facial Hair.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 07, 2018

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