ST. CROIX INSIGHTS

Why Do Men Grow Hair in Their Ears?

BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC

ear hair

When becoming a “man”, a common rite of passage involves the growth of facial hair. Next, there’s the introduction to shaving, either with an electric razor or a straight edge accompanied by shaving cream.

I’ve long held the belief that as boys evolve into men and men age, the sprouting of ear hair becomes a distinctive rite of passage that not everyone experiences. But wait, it’s not just ear hair – but the nose hair too.

At this stage in my life, I’ve reached a point where I find myself regularly checking for additional hair growth in two specific areas each morning. After completing 50+ trips around the sun, the emergence of extra hair in these spots is a bit off-putting. To address this, I’ve invested in two different types of battery-operated razors for effective hair removal.

Curious about why this phenomenon occurs, I turned to my go-to source for medical information, “The Google.”

The prevailing consensus is that as we age, testosterone levels tend to increase, impacting our hormone levels and leading to heightened hair production. As it turns out, nose and ear hair have always been present, but they become more noticeable with age. It also appears most women don’t have this problem. You are lucky!

I’ve yet to try hair removal cream, but if I reach the point of no return, it’s either cream or lasers. Please expect this to be my one and only blog post on this subject unless major medical advances have occurred. Just typing this out is humoring me.