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What's the purpose of the outer ear auricle?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care

In brief: Outer ear auricle

At one time in our development, the outer ear used to be as big as an elephant's auricle.
Only kidding. The purpose of all of the structures of the outer ear are to funnel sound waves down the canal towards the eardrum. A equally good question is why do we have ear wax to clutter the entire system up?

In brief: Outer ear auricle

At one time in our development, the outer ear used to be as big as an elephant's auricle.
Only kidding. The purpose of all of the structures of the outer ear are to funnel sound waves down the canal towards the eardrum. A equally good question is why do we have ear wax to clutter the entire system up?
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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