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.

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

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.


Call to make an appointment with one of our specialists.