Custom Pediatric Ear Prosthesis
Artificial Ear Fitting Process for Children
If you have child that was born with an ear that did not fully form, mostly
known as Microtia, you may want to consider having a custom prosthesis
made. At Center for Custom Prosthetics, we are committed to providing
our patients with high-quality, lasting prosthetics. We can create both
partial and complete ear prosthetics, depending on the needs.
The prosthetic ear process typically involves the following steps:
- Creating a prosthetic prototype
- Creating an impression of the ear
- Creating a final silicone prosthetic
- Initial evaluation to discuss your goals
Our top priority is using prosthetics technology to improve your life.
Microtia means “small ear” and occurs in approximately 1:6000-12,000
births. Microtia is congenital (at birth) and can affect one or both ears.
Any child born with Microtia should be evaluated at a Craniofacial Center
to rule out other conditions like hami-facial microsomia or Treacher Collins syndrome
Currently no specific gene has been identified to cause this condition.
Several medications have been associated with microtia, but this is hard
to prove. One hypothesis is that a small blood vessel (stapedial artery)
obliterates or bleeds near the developing ear, causing decreased flow
of cells important in ear development.
Children can usually hear even through the outer ear if not present, as
the inner ear is normally formed. Most children lose about 40-50% of their
hearing. However, children do well relatively normal speedh development
because the contralateral ear is normal. The main problem children with
microtia have is in localizing sound.
Microtia is divided into four classifications based on how the ear is affected:
- Grade 1- This is the mildest form, with the affected ear being smaller
- Grade 2- In this type of microtia, some of the normal features of the outer
ear are missing.
- Grade 3- This is the most common form of microtia where the Here, the affected
ear consists simply of a vertical appendage of skin and cartilage.
- Anotia- This is the most severe type of microtia with complete absence
of the ear.
We have more than 50 years of experience using advanced prosthetics technology
to provide our patients with high quality prosthetics. The prosthetics
we provide are easy to maintain and clean. Do you have further questions
or concerns about a pediatric ear prosthesis?
Please contact us today at (239) 254-1648 if you have any questions or are ready to schedule an