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Children with Microtia are born with an underdeveloped external ear also known as pinna. This disorder can affect one ear or both ears. The deformed ear is the visible sign of this disorder.
HOW IS MICROTIA DIAGNOSED?
An ear-nose-throat specialist may diagnose Microtia based on physical observation. He may order for an X-ray to confirm the grade of Microtia. Children affected with microtia loos 40-50% of their hearing. Speech is generally not affected by microtia
HOW IS MICROTIA TREATED?
Treatment here is based on the sound or quality of hearing. If the patient’s hearing is close to normal, then no treatment is required. In some cases, hearing aids are provided along with surgical procedures.
DID YOU KNOW?
In unilateral microtia, which affects only one ear, most often the right ear is underdeveloped.