Will Otoplasty Help Headphones Stay in the Ears Better?

I am considering an otoplasty. One reason is for my appearance and another is because I would love to use iPods and other mp3 players. If I choose to have an otoplasty, will this help headphones stay in my ears better?

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Otoplasty and appearance and function

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Otoplasty surgery is specifically designed to pin back the ears and reduce the amount that the concha or bowl of the ear sticks out. While the procedure is primarily thought of as an aesthetic procedure, it will reduce the size of the conchal bowl if done correctly and may allow you to more comfortable wear headphones and ear buds. I hope this information helps.


Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Otoplasty will not help headphones stay in the ears better

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Otoplasty is a very popular and effective surgery to change the shape and position of the outer ear. The otoplasty will not be performed in the ear canal which is where the headphones rest. For this reason, and otoplasty will not help the headphones stay in place
 

Pat Pazmino, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Otoplasty and headphones

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Otoplasty will help reduce prominence of the ears but will not affect the way ear buds fit. If this is your main objective it is easier and less expensive to have a custom set of ear bud headphones made for you.

Sam Naficy, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Ear "buds" following otoplasty

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Most earphone "buds" are placed within the cavum conchae of the ear. In many patients undergoing otoplasty, the cavum is reduced. This potentially could have the opposite effect you desire of making the earphones more difficult to place and retain.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
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An Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) will NOT help ear buds stay in the ears better

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An Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) operation is designed to bring the ears closer to the side of the head AND to recreate a missing anti helical fold - recreating a ridge where now there is an awkward smooth plane in people with "Dumbo Ears". Frequently, the operation also makes the ear bowl (concha) shallower.

None of these ear shaping technique would affect your ability to retain iPod ear buds in the ear canal and I would recommend you do not have an Otoplasty for this reason.

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Peter A. Aldea, MD
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??

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Otoplasty will obviousy change the shape of your ear, and the degree of prominence of the ears from the head. By head phones, I take it that you mean ear buds. The orifice of the ear canal may in fact be somewhat changed in shape or dimensions, and this may make the buds fit better or worse. Get the otoplasty or don't get the otoplasty, but the ear bud fit is not a reason in the consideration. This is a real operation, so it demands serious consideration.

Scott E. Kasden, MD
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IPod ear buds and otoplasty (ear reshaping)

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Generally speaking, an otoplasty should not meaningfully affect the fit of ear buds. The exception to this is in cases where the antitragus (the little cartilage protrusion above above the earlobe) is very laterally curled. This anatomy occurs in a minority of patients, but otoplasty can make such an antitragus appear more prominent, thus requiring a reduction of the antitragus as well. But the antitragus is one of the edges that can help hold ear buds in place.

So, although uncommon, an otoplasty could make ear buds fit worse. That said, I've reduced the antitragus when needed and I've not had a patient mention a poor fit to their headphones afterwords (yet...).

All the best,

--DCP

David C. Pearson, MD
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Otoplasty

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Hi,

The only way I can imagine this is if your protruding ears get in the way of the wiring from the headphones or if you wear the kind of headphones that wrap around the ears. In that case it will help them fit better

However, the otoplasty does not effect the ear canal where earphones are usually placed.

Best,

Dr.S.

Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Earphones unlikely to stay in better

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No. An otoplasty does not affect the area of the ear canal itself. Only the outer shape of the auricle is pinned back so that it does not protrude from the side of the head as much. This is done by some reshaping to create a fold in the outer ear, which is stitched back to hold the ear in the normal anatomical position.

William Portuese, MD
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Probably not

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If you are speaking of the small ones that fit inside your ear, they will probably fit the same since the ear canal size is fixed. If there is a physical reason for the "bowl" of the ear to be distorted, then it might. The doctor can answer this when he sees your ear.

Toby Mayer, MD
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