Photos of prosthetic ears
The below images were sourced from anaplastologist, Robert Barron and Custom Prosthetic Designs, Inc.
Permission to post the below images has been granted by Greg Gion of Medical Art Prosthetics.
Permission to post the below images has been granted by Julie Jordan Brown of Medical Art Resources.
The below two images show where the magnetic implants for a prosthetic ear are placed. The prosthetic ear then magnetically couples to the skull to hold the ear on. You may also choose an adhesive option to glue the ear on if you do not wish to choose the surgical option with magnets. Scar tissue can still grow up over the implants which can easily be removed by an ENT or anaplastologist. Scar tissue has to be removed about once a year so that the implant will continue to fit comfortably and stay on securely. A prosthetic ear will not stay on securely if skin over growth is in the way of the magnets. This is also very common with scar tissue growth around implantable abutments used for an implantable bone conduction auditory devices or the BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid) system.
The below images are from one of our support group members:
Videos and Articles of Prosthetic Ears
Sometimes our children and adult loved ones who are missing an ear(s) due to Microtia or cancer or do not wish to undergo surgery. Sometimes, children and adult loved ones have already chosen surgery, but are not happy with the outcome of the surgery. Prosthetic ears are very realistic and are an amazing alternative to surgery. Below are some videos and articles that have helped capture the wonderful moments of individuals receiving their prosthetic ears.
“Prosthetic Ear Looks Just Like The Real Thing”
To look at Matthew Houdek, you could never tell he was born with virtually no left ear.
A surgery at Loyola University Health System made it possible for Houdek to be fitted with a prosthetic ear that looks just like the real thing. Ear-nose-throat surgeon Dr. Sam Marzo implanted three small metal screws in the side of Houdek’s head. Each screw is fitted with a magnet, and magnetic attraction holds the prosthetic ear in place. It takes only a few seconds for Houdek to put his prosthetic ear on in the morning and take it off when he showers or goes to bed. It doesn’t fall off, and it’s much more convenient than prosthetic ears that are attached with adhesive. “I’m extremely happy with it,” said Houdek, 25, who lives in Chicago. “It turned out better than I expected.”
Houdek was born with a deformity called microtia (small ear). About 1 in 10,000 babies are born with this condition, in which one or both outer ears are under-developed or absent. On his left side, Houdek was born with just an ear lobe and a bump. When Houdek was about 4 years old, a surgeon reconstructed a new ear from his rib cartilage. At first, the ear was the right size. But it did not grow as Houdek grew up. “As I got older, it became more of an issue,” Houdek said.
The silicone prosthesis was made by Gregory Gion, a facial prosthetist based in Madison, Wis. The flesh-colored silicone prosthesis looks almost identical to Houdek’s natural ear — right down to the small blood vessels. Houdek said everyone loves it. “And my mom almost cried when she saw it.” Like many people with microtia, Houdek also was born without an ear canal, a condition called congenital aural atresia. Marzo opened a new ear canal and lined it with a skin graft from Houdek’s leg. Houdek now has partial hearing in his left ear. “With a hearing aid, his hearing should be very good,” Marzo said. Marzo is an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Source: Jim Ritter, Loyola University Health System
Published in Medical News Today, Article Date: 20 Mar 2009
“A Touching Story With No Words”
Please click on the below link to see a very warm heart filled story about a little girl who receives a prosthetic ear from Robert Barron. The little girl was born with Microtia and is pictured above in the images sourced from Robert Barron.