Hammer. Anvil. Stirrup. A farrier? No, three little bones in your ear! Whether yours stick out or you have a ‘cauliflower ear’ or if your earlobes are solid or stretched. Ears come in many different shapes and sizes, but not all are equally functional. In fact, 1.5 million people in the Netherlands are deaf or hard of hearing. Hearing aids are also becoming more common, and more and more people are talking openly about the ever-present beep or hum (tinnitus) in their ears. So turn your music down a bit and put in your earbuds during a concert. You must ch(ear)ish your hearing.