Is this the case, and given the high prevalence amongst men, is it something to do with testosterone or some other male hormone?
thank you. So why do elderly men tend to be affected more than women? If the answer is simply the continued growth of cartilage, would not the two groups be the same? To my knowledge there is no significant difference between the ear and nose sizes of young men and young women.
Chris, it took me some time to find an answer. The only thing I can say, after having more opportunity than usually to observe elderly men and women due to the holiday season, that there such a difference in this between elder men and elder women ! When we see an old men with long nose and/or ears, it is usually in combination with a face that is, well, more bony than at a younger age. Older women in general will keep their rounder faces.
And, BTW, cartoons or illustrations of fairy tales always show old witches with long noses and ears. This, of course, is not a scientific observation, but indicates that the public tends to see elder women with longer noses and ears at least to the same degree as elder men !