I have magical powers

At least some cultures would believe that I can do more than the rest of you mere mortals. Why? Because I have a Preauricular Sinus. WTF, you say? In laymen’s terms I have a hole in my ear. No, silly. Not the hole that you stuff with cotton-tipped sticks to nearly assault your eardrum. No, not the hole you got after letting someone with a high school education approach your head with a pressurized “gun.” It’s a benign congenital malformation.

Basically, just a tiny little hole that you can miss if you’re not looking right at the spot where the top of my ear meets my head. Preauricular Sinus.

This thing serves absolutely no purpose. It’s just a genetic thing. I’ve noticed one on my mom. I noticed one on my boy just this weekend. Truthfully, sometimes the darn thing itches. Still, I’m better off than some folks with holes in their ears. Preauricular Sinuses can become infected and cause pain all the way down to your jaw. Ouch.

Theories of origin of preauricular sinus includes: defective or incomplete fusion of the the beginnings of the external ears at the embryonic stage, relics of incomplete closure of the dorsal part of the first pharyngeal groove, and development from isolated ectodermal folds during the ear’s development. Mmmkay?

The incidence of preauricular sinuses in the United States is estimated to be 0-0.9%, and the incidence in New York State (where I was born) is estimated to be 0.23%. The incidence in whites is 0.0-0.6%, and for African Americans and Asians it is 1-10%. Only one third of folks even know they have one. You totally might have one. Go look in the mirror, I’ll wait.

Enough of the Dr. House crap, on to the magical powers stuff. The Yoruba peeps of Nigeria believe that the presence of preauricular sinus in an individual will confer supernatural abilities to become rich. I think I’m pretty awesome, but I’m still waiting on that rich part. It’s said that people with a PS can see ghosts. Sometimes when people stare at me on public transportation, I wonder if they’re ghosts. I mean, living people know better than to stare, right? Finally, people born with a caul or a veil often also have a PS too. I bet my mother wouldn’t have even thought to tell me if I was born with a caul or not. Not being superstitious or one to read certain African-American fiction, she wouldn’t have recognized the significance.

I always knew I was super awesome.

  • http://ihsanamin.wordpress.com ihsanamin

    We gotta hang out and help you find rich ghosts.
    Make it a reality TV show.

  • http://ihsanamin.wordpress.com ihsanamin

    We gotta hang out and help you find rich ghosts.
    Make it a reality TV show.

  • http://newnessofdoubt.freeblogit.com tremaine

    I’ve 0 cartilage in the upper portion of my ears, meaning them shits don’t fold or slightly fold at all. But this, this is totally dope. I agree with Ihsan, u need rich ghosts in ur life.

  • http://newnessofdoubt.freeblogit.com tremaine

    I’ve 0 cartilage in the upper portion of my ears, meaning them shits don’t fold or slightly fold at all. But this, this is totally dope. I agree with Ihsan, u need rich ghosts in ur life.

  • http://home4haven.blogspot.com/ Erica

    I also have preauricular pits. As a kid my little party trick was to stick toothpics or earrings in them and watch way freak out. Interestingly, I just completed a transracial adoption and my son ALSO has them. What are the odds? Only two other people in my family have them and now my son.

  • http://home4haven.blogspot.com/ Erica

    I also have preauricular pits. As a kid my little party trick was to stick toothpics or earrings in them and watch way freak out. Interestingly, I just completed a transracial adoption and my son ALSO has them. What are the odds? Only two other people in my family have them and now my son.

  • Kauê

    I’ve two, one in each ear, my mom also have, but just one…

    haha… i’m just waiting for the rich part now.

  • Kauê

    I’ve two, one in each ear, my mom also have, but just one…

    haha… i’m just waiting for the rich part now.

  • Kenneth

    I also have a small hole in my upper ear, just as the picture shows. I am African American. I have never seen any ghost, and I am not rich at the moment…heh. Also, I have never had stinky stuff come out of it like other people have described.

  • Kenneth

    I also have a small hole in my upper ear, just as the picture shows. I am African American. I have never seen any ghost, and I am not rich at the moment…heh. Also, I have never had stinky stuff come out of it like other people have described.

  • Mary

    I have a preauricular pit also.

    One of my sons also has one (on the opposite side).

    The kicker is that his pediatrician ALSO has one. He’s the one who finally told me what it was. It was like a preauricular pit convention that day, or “How many people with preauricular pits can you fit in a tiny exam room?”

  • Mary

    I have a preauricular pit also.

    One of my sons also has one (on the opposite side).

    The kicker is that his pediatrician ALSO has one. He’s the one who finally told me what it was. It was like a preauricular pit convention that day, or “How many people with preauricular pits can you fit in a tiny exam room?”

  • Jessica

    My daughter has had a preauricular pit since she was born. The doctor didn’t seem to concerned about it when she was born, but told me to look out for infection. When it isn’t infected, a little bit of ear stuff (like in a pimple) will come out of there when squeezed. This week I noticed it is infected. It is all red and swollen, and I’m sure filled with puss. She is 3 and won’t let me get near it. I just hope that antibiotics will do the trick fine and she won’t have to get surgery some day. I wonder if the pit has anything to do with her having contstant inner ear infections as a baby? She got tubes in her ears at 8 months, and hasn’t had a problem since then.

  • Jessica

    My daughter has had a preauricular pit since she was born. The doctor didn’t seem to concerned about it when she was born, but told me to look out for infection. When it isn’t infected, a little bit of ear stuff (like in a pimple) will come out of there when squeezed. This week I noticed it is infected. It is all red and swollen, and I’m sure filled with puss. She is 3 and won’t let me get near it. I just hope that antibiotics will do the trick fine and she won’t have to get surgery some day. I wonder if the pit has anything to do with her having contstant inner ear infections as a baby? She got tubes in her ears at 8 months, and hasn’t had a problem since then.

  • Jessica

    PS. I know it sounds weird, but I totally think she can see ghosts. She is always telling me she can see things when no one’s there. Maybe its just her being a kid though. Can’t wait for the rich part — she better help me out if she gets rich!

  • Sabrina

    My cousin and I and now my daughter all has P.S. we also get PMS. hehe! seriously, we are Italian and not African American. They now and again leak some smelly stuff and I know we are all special and we would love to be rich.. so hopefully that part comes true.. Seeing ghosts???? not so much.. I didn’t realize we were like Superheros!

  • thal

    I heard that (well according to my mum and a friend) having a PS means your stubborn anyone heard anything sbout that?

  • cmz

    I also have ps or p pit. I never had any problems wit mine I jus wipe it everyday that I bath. Anywhooo… No joke I have seen ghosts b4 when I was younger. I told my parents but they never believed me. I’m 24 now.

  • jenn

    i think the special power thing is true, and I bet that you people who think you are not rich, in fact waste tons of money on garbage, in america, and you are in fact rich with money, compared to the rest of the world. so find something better to do like help people in haiti, and use your special powers for some good, instead of dorking around on the internet. oooookay!

  • amber

    thanks for helping me find out what it was! i always noticed it and my mom has two while my sister has one on her right side and i have it one my left. oh i so hope the rich part is true!!

  • john

    omg i thought i was the only one with those lol but i have 4 two at the top and two at the bottom i put ear-rings in them and the ear-rings for the ones at the top of my ears itch.

  • john

    lol i just read the article and when you said “the darn thing itche” i couldn’t stop laughing sometimes it does itches.

  • ivory

    well i have a p.s however mine is very visible my youngest daughter has them on both ears. When i was a child my grandmother told me i was born with a vail over my face. she said that it ment i had for site and could see things that would happen before they did. I can say i dont know if its because of my pit but i did dream of my mothers death before it happen and i was able to tell my aunt she was pregnant funny thing she had my cousin the same day and time my mom passed.Sometimes i can feel things things i cant explain you know. I always say im not sure what if it means anything to have this hole in my ear but only god know his plan

  • Lindsay

    Whoa. I’m white and I’ve got one on my left ear. My son has two. I always thought it was super nifty, unless it itches.

  • Jessica

    PS. I know it sounds weird, but I totally think she can see ghosts. She is always telling me she can see things when no one’s there. Maybe its just her being a kid though. Can’t wait for the rich part — she better help me out if she gets rich!

  • Atibabykt

    I have this two. in both ears. my mom always thought it was so weird. noone else in my family has it. we have asked everyone and nobody has it. YAY im special in my family!

  • Sheriroubique

    I am 47 and have one on my left ear. It does itch at times and when this happens, it means that fluid is making its way down the tube. I have never had an infection and once every two weeks, I can squeeze the “fluid” that has a pus consistency. I plan to see if it can be closed surgically.