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Why do people have hair inside their ears?

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The hair just inside your ear works with earwax to keep dirt and debris away from your eardrum. Farther inside your ear, tiny hairs help you hear and keep your balance. These hairs live in canals full of fluid. When you move, the liquid moves with you. This bends the hairs and tells your body where it is in space.

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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Nemours TeensHealth: “All About Ears.”

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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