The EarWell System
Approximately 15% to 30% of infants are born with an ear deformity. Many go uncorrected in the infant stage and as a result, some of these children may end up needing otoplasty (corrective ear surgery) when they reach 5-6 years old.
In the newborn's first few weeks of life, the level of maternal estrogen in the baby's circulation is the highest. This allows the child's ear cartilage to be soft and malleable. This is a precious window of time to correct ear abnormalities. If started in the first few weeks of life, the time period for molding can be decreased from 6-8 weeks to 2 weeks.
Now, there is a non-invasive, non-surgical method to mold the ear into a more anatomically normal shape and contour. The EarWell system is an adhesive appliance that attaches to the child's skin and can correct deformities including: cup, lop, prominent, constricted, lidding and Stahl's. It can be placed without pain to the baby, and once home, the device requires minimal maintenance by the parents.
By correcting the abnormalities of the ears in infanthood, this can avoid surgical procedures when the child reaches school age and can also avoid taunting and teasing by peers during the developmental years.
This is typically covered by insurance.
For more information please visit: www.earwells.com