Stick-out ears like Santi's can make life miserable and lead to "reduced quality of life & self-esteem, social avoidance and poor performance in school." Children and adults are often teased and while names like 'Dumbo, Big Ears, Yoda, Spock & Wing Nut' can be meant in jest, they can have a deeper psychological impact.
Once, corrective ear surgery (Otoplasty/ Pinnaplasty) was the only option, costing up to £5000 for the average UK paediatric case. General anaesthesia and time off school or work are usually needed, and while post-op pain can be managed*, complication rates e.g. scarring can be as high as 10%.*
Now there's an ingenious way to fix your baby's ear problems before they are aware of them, avoiding the emotional impact of bullying & teasing, and the costs & complications of surgery. EarBuddies splints reshape the soft cartilage of baby's ears, resulting in a permanent, surgery-free correction.
We think of it like fitting braces to a child’s teeth, only more affordable and quicker. Newborn babies can get great results in just 2 weeks. If your baby is older, this can take longer. Santi was 5 months old when his mother fitted EarBuddies. 4 weeks later, he can grow up comfortable and confident with his ears.
I was so excited to discover that his ear could be reshaped without surgery and that it seemed to be an easy fix. [...] Augie started wearing the mold at 8 weeks old and wore it for a total of 8 weeks. His ear is beautiful now and we are so excited!"
Erin & her Son Augie - California, USARead Erin's full story!
"When our son was born it became apparent he had a slight ear deformity. […] I stared to worry about the comments he may get as he gets older and future bullying!! But it was when surgery was mentioned that I decided to Google what options we had. That's when I came across EarBuddies.
We started the process when my son was 11 weeks old and I was very impressed with the fast delivery time. We've kept the tapes on for 16 weeks in total and have been very pleased with the results so far, especially for the shape."
Nicola & her Son - Rochester, UKRead more about Nicola's Experience
"Kids have enough obstacles to overcome with their self-esteem, I didn’t want to add to the issues! So I began researching solutions and stumbled upon EarBuddies. What an awesome system! So simple, affordable, and obviously reputable.
I’m happy to report that in these 3 months, not only did we correct what could have been a lifetime of self-confidence issues, I have also grown to LOVE my little Wolfie’s name."
Amber & her Son Wolfie - Arkansas, USARead Amber & Wolfric's full story!
"When our daughter was born in late August of this year, we noticed that one of her ears was cupped and sticking out. The only thing we could think about was her possibly needing surgery when she's older to correct this probably... That is until we found out about EarBuddies. It has completely reshaped our daughter's ear in as little as 6 days! I highly recommend this product! It is so worth every penny!
Elyse & her Daughter - Michigan, U.S.ARead more about Elyse's Experience!
"We have been absolutely delighted with EarBuddies. Olivia was born with her right ear folded in half [...] I came across EarBuddies by chance online and after an initial fitting by Mr Gault when she was three months, we soon got the hang of the fitting. After three months her ear is perfect. I would recommend it to anyone as it's given such fantastic results without resorting to surgery."
Mrs. C & her Daughter Olivia - United KingdomRead the full story here!
"Myself and partner fitted the splints easily (helps when baby is asleep). We changed the tapes after 1 week and were amazed by the results! He was able to have his hearing test whilst wearing the splints. The tapes were reapplied and changed again after another week and left for a further week (3 weeks in total). We are really pleased with the results after such a short time and would recommend this product for stick out ears. Thank you EarBuddies!!"
Amy & her Son - Weston-super-Mare, EnglandRead about Amy's Experience
"My first attempt I fitted them with my sister who had also used the EarBuddies in 2015 when she managed to correct the rim kink in her sons ear. - After several months we really noticed a change, her ears are now much less pronounced and I am so thankful for discovering EarBuddies! - Go with your instinct as a parent – don’t rely on others telling you that it’s a good decision – people will just say your baby is perfect. To be honest, I thought my baby’s sticking out ears were so cute, however I knew that they may not look this way when she grew up. "
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Mrs J & her Daughter - Somerset, England
"EarBuddies has been a blessing for my son. Looking at his ear now nobody would believe that he previously had an ear deformity. EarBuddies I would like to say a huge thanks for creating such an amazing product that can save millions of babies from ridicule, low self esteem and costly surgery in future. With a Basic Kit my son's ear deformity has been cured for life."
Mrs N & her Son - MauritiusSee the full review!
About 5% of babies are born with abnormally shaped or stick-out ears, but a further 2% of babies develop stick-out ears in the first 6 months of life. EarBuddies™ splints can be fitted by parents at home in under 20 minutes. An independent study at the Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow in 2012 showed a 78% success rate in newborns when splints are fitted by parents, with 73% rating ease of use as 'easy' or 'incredibly easy'. With early splintage and dedication, fantastic results continue to be achieved by parents at home.
When your baby is born, the cartilage framework of the ears is extremely soft because of Mum’s hormones. Some squashing of the ears is natural at birth, but if the ears remain an odd shape after 48 hours, or if they start to stick out, this will quite quickly become permanent as the cartilage hardens. EarBuddies splints re-mould the cartilage folds in a baby's ears to restore the natural curves and hold the ear close to the side of the head so that when the framework hardens in the controlled shape, there is a permanent, surgery-free correction.
"If successful, an effective splinting programme could consign the surgical correction of all but the most severe ear deformities to the past."
British Medical Journal, Vol. 334
Post-partum splinting of ear deformities Lindford AJ, Hettiaratchy S, Schonauer F.
Over 98% of EarBuddies™ are fitted by parents at home. However, when professionally fitted and the treatment supervised, success rates rise to up to 92% of cases, even in older babies or those with difficult ear problems.
Professional fitting combines the surgery-free, permanent correction of EarBuddies™ with the clinical experience of trained fitters. Choose amongst our global network of EarBuddies™ Professionals.
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