Previously, ear abnormalities in newborns were believed to correct over time but recent data suggests that the best and most lasting improvements in misshapen ears are addressed with ear molding devices.
Ear molding may not completely correct ear abnormalities however it is useful to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of the child’s ear and may obviate the need for an otoplasty later in life.
What is the procedure?
The EarWell® Infant Ear Correction System is the first and most advanced nonsurgical infant ear deformity correction device. The EarWell® is a remarkable medical device that will help millions of children born in the US and globally with ear deformities.
The main risk associated with ear molding is ulcerations that can occur due to pressure on the ear. If these do occur, local care to the area allows this to resolve with time.
How it works
For the first few months of life, babies have high circulating levels of estrogen. This allows their cartilage to be gently molded into the proper position until it begins to firm. Molding needs to be initiated within the first 1-2 weeks of life and usually will continue for several weeks thereafter.
There are various methods to correct an ear deformity. We recommend a consultation to evaluate what is the best option for your child.