Ear anomalies are one of the most common infant diagnoses. Children with ear anomalies fall along a broad-spectrum, from complete absence of an ear to an abnormal shape of an otherwise normal ear. The most noticeable end of the spectrum includes anotia, which refers to the complete absence of the external ear. Continuing along the spectrum are the various grades of microtia, which are defined by an incompletely formed external ear. Or ear deformities may exist in which parts of the external ear are simply shaped abnormally.
Traditionally abnormally shaped ears have required surgical correction, but a new, non-surgical treatment called ear molding is available for our youngest patients. Ear molding is one of our most common procedures.