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Ear Defects

By Simeon A. Boyadjiev Boyd, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics, Section of Genetics, Department of Genetics, University of California, Davis

Ears can be missing, deformed, or incompletely developed at birth.

Ear defects include the following:

Microtia and external auditory canal atresia often occur together and are often identified at or soon after birth.

Treatment of ear defects may involve reconstructive surgery to create a normal-looking external ear and to create an external ear canal. Sometimes, a hearing aid is necessary.

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