• AliDB
  • 1 year ago

I wanted to post information about the Earwell device used to mold infant ears and thus avoid surgery later on. When my son was born in August 2013, I noticed his ears were misshaped. Specifically, the top part of the rim of both ears were bent down. My pediatrician just shrugged off my concerns but as a parent I knew better.  I did an Internet search for ear deformities and came across the Earwell website. The website directed me to three doctors in PA that were trained to use the device and fortunately one was close to my house. The doctor was able to see me within the recommended 3 week window when treatment works best. My son's left ear was treated with the device while the less deformed ear was treated with wax and tape. After two weeks, my sons ear treated with the device was greatly improved. Not a perfect ear but one that he won't be embarrassed or teased about.  Overall, I'm happy with the results but disappointed the doctor didn't use the device on both ears. He told me on the office that the device was expensive but it wasn't until I received my insurance statement how expensive.....$4500!!!! Fortunately, because it was considered a birth defect, insurance covered the cost of the device. 

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My daughter was born March 2014. Her right ear was folded in half ( known as a lop ear). The nurses and doctors told me there was nothing I could do other then wait till she is 5 to have surgery. I did research on my own and found 1 doctor in my area that uses the earwell system. We used the earwell until she was 9 weeks old and she started to pull it off. It corrected her ear about 75% ( just the tip now folds over) which we will tape until she is 6 months old. She is now 5 months old and I have to say I am very happy I found the earwell system. I think the results are good enough that we will not have to do surgery. I wish more people knew about this device.
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you could of brought earbuddies about 50 pounds for babies to correct ear deformities at birth. included fitting instructions and tape. designed by a top ear surgeon in world. there is a website
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Thanks for sharing your story, Ali. It's great to hear a personal experience to go with the doctors' opinions.

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