Microtia

Microtia
A severe congenital anomaly is the failure of the ear to develop normal before birth. The ear may simply be smaller than normal, but may be completely undeveloped with no outer ear or ear canal.

Children with this condition, known as microtia, may suffer severe social difficulties, in addition to hearing loss. Fortunately, Dr. Sclafani, as the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon of the Ear Institute at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, can help. Working together with the Institute's otologists, he can create a natural appearing outer ear; after this, the ear canal and ear drum can be created.