Protruding ears or jug ears are among the most common ear malformations and affect about 5% of the population. Protruding ears are when they stick out more than 2 cm from the side of the head. They typically occur bilaterally and are caused by an underdeveloped or malformed antihelical fold . This causes the outer edge of the ear ( antihelical fold ) to protrude. It is also often the case that the pinna has an excessive amount of cartilage or is abnormally deep, causing the ear to be pushed away from the head. There are often family predispositions. Although they do not usually cause hearing problems, they can be the cause of psychological problems (lower self-esteem).
Can protruding ears also be corrected painlessly?
Treatment of prominent ears can be done using surgical or non-surgical methods, depending on the patient’s age. At birth, ear cartilage is soft and pliable and can be reshaped without surgery using the innovative Earwell® children’s ear correction system. Over time, ear cartilage becomes more rigid, making ear surgery (otoplasty) the best treatment option, but it is more expensive than early treatment.
This means: In the first few weeks of life, the Earwell® children’s ear correction system can be used to reshape the ears painlessly and bring them closer to the head. During a short visit to the practice, the special ear shaping system is fitted by trained doctors within a few minutes. Over the next four to six weeks, the ear is gently molded into its natural shape and growth pattern without incisions or anesthesia. In most cases, this completes the entire process and no further treatment is required.
Treatment without surgery - does it even work?
The clear answer is: Yes! In about 90% of cases, a permanently convincing result can be achieved without pain. To do this, the EarWell® conch former exerts gentle pressure on the conch comb. Through the individually gradable use of the individual components of the EarWell® system, mixed ear deformities can also be corrected in a targeted manner. Convince yourself: in our before and after comparisons!