Repairing Ear Deformities
Currently, up to 30% of births result in ear deformities. Of this number, 70% of the deformities stay the same or get worse as the baby grows. Through the use of the EarWell™ Correction System, Lurie Children's physicians can repair babies’ ear deformities without any surgery.
Type of Deformities
There are six types of major ear deformities, including:
- Stahl’s Ear: In this congenital ear deformity, the rim of the ear is flat. Sometimes referred to as “Spock Ears,” the deformity can vary in degree of severity.
- Lidding: The superior limb of the ear is not developed and there is a collapse of the rim.
- Conchal Crus: This is a less common ear deformity associated with a division of the mid portion of concha.
- Helical Rim Deformity: This deformity involves a deficiency of skin and/or cartilage between the scapha and rim.
- Lop Ear: In this situation, there is a folding over of the upper third or half of the ear and has some similarities to lidding deformities.
- Prominent Ear: This is the most common ear deformity, and it is characterized by the projection of the mid rim out from the skull.
Evaluation & Treatment
Requiring no anesthesia, sedation or medication, this non-invasive system corrects ear deformities in just eight weeks. The procedure is completed within a few minutes without any discomfort for the infant.
If you feel that your child’s ear is deformed, you can make an appointment by calling 1.800.543.7362 (KIDS DOC®) at Lurie Children’s for your evaluation. The decision to seek evaluation and possible treatment should be made as early as possible, optimally before 6 weeks of age.
You will meet with a pediatric surgeon and other team members to determine the extent of the malformation and discuss the course of action and expectations.
A plastic EarWell™ (conformer) is applied to your child’s ear within days after your child’s birth. The conformer helps to correct the deformity and stays on for about six weeks.