hi. when i sleep on my side, my ear always folds back against the pillow and my head and now my right ear in the upper portion sticks out.... my left ear doesnt do since mostly dont sleep on that side......besides surgery for the right ear, can sleeping with a head band or something else help? thank you
One Ear Protrude from Folding when Sleeping? (photo)
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One ear protrudes
and at your age, surgery is the only answer to make it more like the other side. Wearing a headband can work in infants and should always be tried then if there were concerns. At your age, surgery is needed to reshape the cartilage.
How to correct a protruding ear
A headband really won't make any difference in the appearance of your ear. The cartilage needs to be reshaped with an otoplasty procedure. The procedure is done through an incision behind the ear and provides a permanent and very reliable correction.
Otoplasty for permanent results
A head band may temporarily help hold the ear in place, but the permanent solution is an otoplasty. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and involves making a fold in the ear cartilage and setting at back closer to the scalp.
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One Ear Protrude from Folding when Sleeping?
I agree with you that based on the photo, your left ear does look more prominent. A head band will temporarily help the left ear to sit closed to your head but this will be very short lived. The only permanent solution to "pin back" the left ear is an otoplasty procedure. This would re-create the natural fold in the left ear and place the rim of the ear closed to your head. I hope this information is helpful.
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I hope I understand your question. The use of a headband may help prevent your right ear from folding back when you sleep. However, the headband will not help create a permanent change in the position of the ear in relation to your scalp. Otoplasty surgery may be necessary to do this on a permanent basis. I am not able to see your picture on a large enough scale to provide you with more specific advice, in regards to your anatomy or candidacy for otoplasty surgery.
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