How the EarWell Deformity Solution Works
Did you know that ear deformities are one of the most frequently over-looked infant deformity? Remarkably, statistical data show that infant ear deformities occur at a rate of between 20% and 35% of all births and 70% will stay the same, or worsen, without EarWell™. The EarWell™ System is a safe, painless, non-surgical and effective procedure that corrects those ear deformities.
Some pediatricians think of an outer ear deformity as a minor aesthetic irregularity that will self-correct or that can be corrected through plastic surgery, once the child has grown. However, studies have shown that ear deformities can negatively impact a child’s physical and emotional development. Children with facial abnormalities – particularly ear deformities – suffer peer hazing, ridicule and abuse. As a result, they often exhibit low self-esteem, anxiety, elevated social isolation and emotional withdrawal.
Adopting a wait-and-see approach in the hopes that the ear might self-correct is risky. A Japanese longitudinal study concluded that while some ear deformities will self-correct, others will remain the same and some will even worsen. Most importantly, the study noted that it is impossible to predict which course a deformed ear will take!
On the other hand, waiting till the child is old enough for surgery means years of teasing and an expensive (and often painful) surgery.
The introduction of the EarWell™ System offers an attractive new option. With a success rate of over 90% (following more than 250 in vivo clinical applications), the only question you have to ask is: “Why wait and take a chance?”
How the EarWell™ Deformity Solution Works
The EarWell Infant Ear Correction System developed and manufactured by Becon Medical, Ltd. consists of four key components: the posterior shell and posterior conformer, the helical rim retractors, the conchal former, and the anterior shell. (Note the arrow pointing to the posterior conformer within the posterior shell.)
Prior to application a rim of hair is shaved around the ear to establish a stable adhesive footprint. The posterior shell is then affixed over the ear with the posterior conformer resting behind the ear in the retroauricular sulcus. The conformer creates the superior crus as a continuation of the antihelical fold. Retractors are then attached to the helical rim to deepen the scaphal hollow and to establish helical rim shape. The conchal former is then added to the concha to deepen the hollow and eliminate prominence.