Children living with ear deformities often have to deal with teasing and ridicule from their peers. This can result in low self-esteem and self-consciousness. Because of this, it can be beneficial to correct ear deformities when the child is still a baby. The EarWell system is a great option to help improve the appearance of the ears in small children.
What is the EarWell System?
The EarWell system is a non-surgical facial treatment alternative to correcting ear deformities. While some ear deformities will remedy themselves on their own, it is hard to tell if or when this will occur.
With EarWell, you can be sure that your child’s ears are beautiful and symmetrical for life.
This clinically tested product can be applied to the ears of children just days after birth. The product should be worn for 4-6 weeks, after which a child’s ears will be shaped normally. The EarWell is an effective option that does not require any anesthesia or medication because the treatment is pain-free.
EarWell works so well in young children because their ear cartilage is still malleable. This allows it to take the correct shape, for proportionate ears.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is an EarWell procedure?
EarWell is a medical device that gently, over the course of six weeks or so, can re-shape a newborns ear so it looks like a normally developed ear.
What causes ear abnormalities?
Ear shape abnormalities are caused by abnormal in-utero circumstances, such as pressure on one or both ears as the soft cartilage develops into the characteristic folds and shapes of a normal ear.
How do you use EarWell?
EarWell is placed around the infants ear and small soft retractors are then positioned to gently pull or push the ear toward a more normal-looking formation.
How long does EarWell stay on?
Most EarWell treatments only take six weeks with once-weekly appointments to achieve highly satisfying results.
Does my baby need ear molding?
If youre concerned about the shape or protrusion of your newborns ear, you may be eligible for EarWell, even if the ear is fully developed and could grow into a normal-looking ear on its own.
When is it too late for EarWell?
Infants past 5 months of age are likely not candidates for an EarWell procedure, as the cartilage by this point has hardened to a degree at which it cant be molded anymore.
What is the time frame for EarWell to be performed?
EarWell can be performed nearly anytime between birth and five months of age. Ideally, the treatment is done as close to birth as possible within the first few weeks.
How much does EarWell cost?
The cost of your EarWell procedure is variable, depending on the extent of treatment and whether one or both ears need to be treated. There are some cases where insurance will cover the cost for EarWell. We can check with your insurance to see if we can get authorization.
Christopher R. Cote, M.D.
With more than 25 years experience, Dr. Christopher Cote is double-board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery. He received his medical degree from Tufts University and performed a surgical internship and residency at Walter Reed Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center. He received fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University in Facial Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery, his subspecialty area of expertise and focus, including rhinoplasty and nasal airway surgery . He also enjoys hiking, skiing, and traveling with his family.