Flipped ears are the biggest problem facing Americans, according to a new study by a team of researchers at the University of Michigan.
A study found that the average American consumes 1.6 gallons of water with a flip of his or her ear.
That is an alarming amount of water, and a number that should be worrisome.
However, the researchers found that this amount is actually relatively insignificant when compared to other common waterborne infections, such as the flu.
Flipped ear infections are rare, but they do occur.
Flipping is often considered a sign of a watery nose, which may indicate a water-borne infection, the study found.
However the researchers also found that when compared with other waterborne illnesses, flipping did not lead to a higher risk of the flu or other illnesses.
The study is detailed in the journal Health Affairs.
A flip can also cause damage to the nose, lips, and teeth.
That can cause a swollen nose, a sore mouth, and possibly a toothache, according the study.
Flips of the ears are most commonly seen in older adults, and are more common among people who drink water.
The researchers suggest that the increased amount of drinking water consumed by Americans is due to increased consumption of tap water.
Drinking tap water may also have increased the likelihood of drinking flushing, a condition where water is flushed from the nose and mouth.
That may have resulted in flushing occurring at a higher rate, the team concluded.