Forty-five percent of newborns have some form of congenital ear deformity. Treatment and ear correction options are available for your baby for most types of ear deformities.
Through our proprietary mobile application KidEarsMD™ (available only on iOS), clinicians and parents have a fast, easy, accurate assessment of a newborn's ear shape. Should treatment be recommended, we coordinate immediate care by a local specialist in our preferred provider network. Membership subscription options are now available:
If you live in the Dallas metroplex, we can serve you and your family. Download our KidEarsMD™ app, access the patient portal, take pictures of your child's ear, and send it directly to our office. Our dedicated staff will be in touch with you to arrange a consultation.
Common congenital ear deformities include anotia, microtia, hypoplastic (underdeveloped ear), ear tags, and ear hemangioma. When ear deformity correction happens ideally within the first week of life, a high level of ideal results is achieved. The more severe newborn ear deformities include:
Conchal Crus is often associated with other ear deformities but is characterized by abnormal cartilage development that makes the ear look as if it is divided in half.
Constricted ears include various ear deformities when the helical rim is folded over -known as lop ear, appears tight or excessively wrinkled.
This is a severe form of Prominent Ear Deformity as a cup deformity results from an incomplete opening in the ear or appearing to fold out of the ear. In addition, cup infant deformity is characterized by a 'rosebud' that has not yet bloomed.
The ears appear buried and have no skin visible behind them. Cryptotia is a common ear deformity among the Asian population.
Lidding is characterized when the upper third of the ear is 'folded over' the helical rim.
Difficult to diagnose, a prominent ear deformity is when the ears stick out - which is not always feasible to assess in a newborn.
Also known as 'Spock Ears,' the Stahl's deformity is when a transverse crus extends outward rather than bends.
Ear deformities are typically present at birth and can be a symptom of a genetic disorder, such as CHARGE, Goldenhar syndromes, or due to a genetic mutation. Many ear deformities are only a cosmetic concern and may be attributed to the following:
Some ear deformities may affect hearing or cause developmental delays.
Nearly one in four children are affected by 'misshapen ears' or congenital ear deformities at birth.
However, through innovative technology, non-invasive ear deformity corrections are available for newborns. Traditionally, ear deformity correction could not happen until the child became five years old. However, treatment can occur within the first to six weeks of life and before the baby's ear cartilage stiffens with early diagnosis.
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