It’s important to remember that microtia is mostly a cosmetic condition; a majority of children with the disorder—even those with completely absent outer ears—experience only a partial hearing loss because the inner ear (the part of the body responsible for hearing) usually remains unaffected.

Our dedicated Microtia Program is within the Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery, which typically performs an autologous (using your child’s own tissue) reconstruction. In this procedure, a new ear is made from your child’s rib cartilage and placed under the skin on the side of the scalp where the ear would be. In addition, the surgeon refines and repositions the ear lobe and reconstructs the contour of the ear. For more information on this procedure, see the Treatment section.

Learn more about the Microtia Program.