Nearly 20 to 30 percent of babies are born with a deformity of their outer ears; the ears can be pointy, fold over, or even stick out. Sometimes these deformities will correct on their own, but sadly, up to one third of these cases do not. Normally, a child would have to live with the ear deformity until about five or six years of age, then undergo painful surgery to have their ears corrected. In the interim, the child would endure verbal taunts and ridicule until the problem was fixed. That is, until now. Thanks to the Ear Well (TM) Infant Ear Correction System, low self-esteem due to problem ears will now be a thing of the past. This device, fitted by a cosmetic surgeon, takes advantage of the newborn’s malleable ear cartilage by reshaping it, then applying gentle, corrective pressure on the ear to help mold the new shape.
The Ear Well is made of high grade plastic and consists of four separate parts:
- Cradle - this piece surrounds the outer ear; it sticks to the skin, much like a band aid
- Retractors - two types of retractors that hold the ear in the desired shape
- Cover - this snaps over the cradle to keep the retractors in place; it has holes that allow ventilation to the ear, preventing moisture build up