Silicone prosthetic ears are customized to match your healthy ear, and while they cannot improve hearing, they offer excellent cosmetic enhancement, especially for adults. To learn more about these restorations or to obtain a referral for a trusted anaplastologist, contact our practice today.
How long does a prosthetic ear last?
They all vary. Some prosthetic ears last anywhere from 6 months to two years. Other ears can last for over 5, 6, or 7 years. It depends on the material used to create the ear and how well you as the individual takes care of the ear.
Are prosthetic ears a thing?
A prosthetic ear can be created to look very similar to a normal ear for a microtia patient by a specialist called a prosthetist or anaplastologist. Two types of silicone prostheses may be created. One, a prosthesis that “sticks” on to the skin.
What are silicone ears for?
Silicone ears are prosthetics used to create symmetry with your healthy ear. An experienced anaplastologist can create the prosthetic from a mold of your ear so that they match in shape, size, and color.
How do they attach prosthetic ears?
If you choose to receive an osseointegrated prosthetic ear, your surgeon will place several titanium implant posts into the bone around the ear. The silicone ear will then snap securely onto these implants. Both types of prostheses are removable.
What is prosthetic ear?
A prosthetic ear is an artificial ear that is usually made of silicone from a mould that is prepared using the opposite ear (or a parent’s ear in bilateral cases) as a template [9–13].
Can you reconstruct an ear?
Ear reconstruction is a form of surgery that can rebuild an ear damaged by trauma or cancer surgery, or misshapen or missing due to a congenital (present at birth) disorder. Along with surgery to rebuild or repair the ear, hearing rehabilitation with an otologist may be necessary.
Can an eardrum be replaced?
Eardrum repair is a surgical procedure used to fix a hole or tear in the eardrum, also known as the tympanic membrane. This surgery can also be used to repair or replace the three tiny bones behind the eardrum.
Can you get a prosthetic finger?
A prosthesis is made from impression casts taken from the remaining finger or limb and the same area on the undamaged hand. This process can create an exact match of the details of the entire hand. The prosthetic hand or finger is made from a flexible, transparent silicone rubber.
What does an Anaplastologist do?
Anaplastology: The art and science of restoring a malformed or absent part of the human body through artificial means. An anaplastologist makes prosthetic devices. The art and science of the design and fabrication of life like restorative prostheses such as finger, hand, nose, face.
Can middle ear bones be replaced?
Ossicular chain reconstruction (also called middle ear bone surgery) can improve conductive hearing. In some cases, all 3 middle ear bones are replaced. During surgery, you will be given local anesthesia with sedation. Or you may receive general anesthesia.