Prominent protruding ears can look unnatural and can become subject to public commentary. By three to four years of age, children begin to recognize differences in their ears from that of their peers. Often, unfortunate remarks like “dumbo ears” or “bat ears” are sometimes used to describe the prominent or protruding ear. However it is not until 6 to 10 years of age that these negative descriptions begin to leave psychological scars. Children and adults with prominent ears may become hypersensitive about their ears and suffer from poor self-image.
Through a minor surgical procedure the ears can be set back to a natural position. There is very little discomfort and children can resume a fairly normal schedule within a week. There is no risk to the patient’s hearing from otoplasty. It is best to undergo this procedure around five to six years of age or older. At this age the ear has achieved at least 90% of it adult size and children seem to be more cooperative than in the subsequent several years. Most importantly, the intervention is early enough to prevent the damaging effects of potentially cruel social remarks. Incision lines are hidden behind the ears and are essentially invisible. Adults undergoing this procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, and they usually return to work in a couple of days.
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