EarWell™ Infant Ear Molding
Ear deformities are surprisingly common among newborn babies. A recent study from Baylor University showed that nearly 30% of all infants are born with a malformed ear. Deformities can range from very minor to severe deformations of the normal structure of the ear.
Some of these ear problems will correct themselves on their own, but almost 66% will not. It is impossible to predict which ear deformities will correct on their own and which ones will not. The children whose ears do not correct on their own will require surgery to fix the deformity. However, these surgeries cannot take place until the children are in elementary school and are usually considered “cosmetic” surgery by insurance companies (and are routinely denied).
The EarWell procedure takes the uncertainty out of the “ear guessing game.”
The EarWell is a soft, rubber-like device that fits comfortably over your child’s misshapen ear (or ears), gently molding it into a more normal shape. It is painless, requires no surgery or anesthesia, and is covered by nearly all insurance carriers.
Early recognition of your child’s ear deformity is crucial in obtaining good results from the EarWell. If either you or your pediatrician think that your child may have an ear deformity, make an appointment with Dr. Hall so he can examine your child and determine whether your child is a good candidate for the EarWell. The earlier within the first month of your child’s life the EarWell can be applied, the better the final result will ultimately be.
Dr. Hall is the only fellowship-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon who offers the EarWell.
If you feel your child may have a deformity of one or both ears, call (865) 973-9500 or use our contact form and request an appointment. For out of town patients, feel free to request an online consult via Skype.