If You Have A Tiny Hole Above Your Ear, Here’s What It Means

Why do some people have this hole above their ear?

Not everyone is same. There are few chosen ones
among us who are born with an anomalous organ or characteristics, like 6
fingers or toes, extra set of nipples, conjoint toes, etc. Just like
that, you must have noticed a few people having a tiny hole above their
ear, right where their temple is. A very small percentage of people are
born with tiny and barely visible holes above their ears. No, they’re
not strange people. They’re as normal as anyone could be. There’s a tiny
portion of population that is born with this hole, which is
scientifically known as ‘preauricular sinus’.


What is Preauricular Sinus? 

It is a common congenital malformation characterized by a nodule,
dent or a dimple located anywhere near the ear. Only 4-10% of population
in Asia and Africa have this anomaly, 0.9 % in UK and 0.1 to 0.9% in
US. Your chances of finding a person with this peculiar hole is higher
in Africans and Asians. 

How is it formed? 

It is formed as a result of developmental defects of the first and
second pharyngeal arches. It was first recognized by a scientist Van
Heusinger in 1864. Usually these sinuses are found on one side of the
face, but 50% of people have them on both the ears. 

According to Business Insider, one revolutionary biologist Neil
Shubin says this hole can be an evolutionary remnant of fish gills. This
implies that, humans might have evolved from ‘fishes’! 

If you’re a part of this anomaly, then there’s no need to fret.
There’s nothing to worry about this congenital anomaly as it don’t tend
to cause any problem. There’s only one issue that these holes are prone
to infections, which can be easily treated with the help of antibiotics.
In case the infection is worsened, surgery is performed to get rid of
the sinus. 

If you look at it closely, it might look like a pre-made piercing!
But you are advised NOT to put a jewellery piece in there, perhaps if
you don’t want an infection.

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