EarWell Starter Kit, Mixed

The EarWellTM Starter Kit (Mixed) comes with the components required for 4 complete bilateral procedures - for four infants with three applications each. Each application usually lasts 14-17 days. The duration of application for each infant varies under the direction of the treating doctor, and not all infants will require three applications. 

Contents: EarWell Starter Kit (Original)

Quantity

 

Medium Cradle Sets (L & R) 6 sets  
Large Cradle Sets (L & R) 6 sets  
Mini Retractors 12 each  
Medium Retractors 20 each  
Large Retractors 8 each  
Conchal Former 28 each  
Conchal Former with foam 20 each  
Hair Trimmer & Battery 1 each  
EarWell Forceps 2 each  
Alcohol Wipes 20 each  
Acetone/alcohol swabsticks 30 each  
Micropore Tape (1" by 36") 4 rolls  
Retainer Tape 8 sets  
Information Pouch (including video & parent information) 1 each  
Ear Prosthetic (training) 1 each  

The EarWellTM Infant Ear Correction Device is only to be applied by a trained healthcare professional under the supervision of a qualified doctor. To order an EarWellTM Starter Kit for $2850 (plus P&H) please contact Ear Molding Australia on (03) 9427 9596, email us or download and submit this order formThe medical registration number of the supervising doctor must be supplied for purchase. 

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FAQs

How do I know if ear molding is suitable for my baby?

If you have any concerns about your baby's ears it is advisable to see an expert to have your baby assessed. Ear molding is most effective in the first weeks of life so early assessment is strongly recommended. 

How is ear molding performed?

Ear molding is performed in your doctor's office. Adhesive cradles and silicone components are applied around the ear and to the rim of the ear. The ear molding devices remain in position for 14-17 days before you return to your doctor's office to have the device removed and to check the progress.

How long does ear molding treatment last for?

Treatment generally lasts between 2 and 6 weeks. The duration of treatment varies according to the age that treatment is commenced and the extent to which the ear requires molding (mild ear problems require less molding than severe ear problems).

What types of ear problems can be treated with ear molding?

Ear molding can treat prominent ears, cup ear, lop ear, mixed ear deformities, Stahl's ear, helical rim abnormalities and cryptotia ("hidden ear"). The image below shows some of the common problems treated with the EarWellTM

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What are the side effects or risks of ear molding?

Ear molding is safe and effective. The most common problem encountered during ear molding is mild skin irritation. Skin irritation can generally be prevented by keeping the ear dry during treatment - much as nappy rash can be prevented. Any skin irritation usually settles quickly (within 24 hours) after removal of the device and does not require specific treatment. 

Does ear molding affect my baby's hearing?

No. The ear molding devices do not interfere with sound transmission or hearing. 

We recommend that your baby have his or her hearing tests prior to the application of the EarWellTM as the device makes it difficult for the hearing tester to effectively apply the testing headphones during treatment. 

My baby is 14 months old and has ears that stick out. Is ear molding suitable for her?

Ear molding is not suitable for treating ear problems in older infants. Surgery is an option for treating your daughter's ears, once she is at least 4 years of age. 

How can I purchase the EarWellTM?

Because the EarWellTM should only be applied by a trained health professional under the supervision of a doctor, we require that all orders for EarWell kits be accompanied by the contact details and medical registration number of the supervising doctor. The EarWellTM can be purchased in one of three kits according to the number of infants being treated and the size of the ears. 

Is there an EarWellTM provider near me?

Please see this page for the list of Australia doctors who currently provide EarWellTM applications.

If you are a doctor or know of a doctor who would be interested in providing EarWellTM treatment to infants in your/their area please contact us - we receive enquiries from parents across Australia who are seeking an EarWell doctor and would love to expand the options available to parents and infants who seek ear correction therapy. We provide training and support to Australian EarWellTM doctors. 

About Ear Molding

Ear shape abnormalities are one of the most common congenital deformities, and affect 4-5% of the population. Embryologically ears are complicated structures that form in the first 18 weeks of development from the coalition of six separate "hillocks". So it's not surprising that sometimes Mother Nature doesn't get them quite right. 

It's been known for years that it is possible to mold the ears of newborns to address misshapen ears using tape, foam, wire and plastic tubing, but until recently there has not been a simple or reliable way to treat misshapen ears without surgery. Now there are, and these methods can be used in the first weeks of life to treat misshapen or deformed ears to save the need for future surgery. 

Is Ear Molding Effective?

Yes, if started early. Plastic surgeons around the world are in agreement on this. Dr Steve Byrd's results with 831 infant ears with the EarWell system were published in 2010 in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal (Byrd HS, Langevin CJ, Ghidoni LA. Ear molding in newborn infants with auricular deformities. Plast Reconstr Surg 2010 Oct; 126(4):1191-200), and the article concluded: "Congenital ear deformities are common and only approximately 30 percent self-correct. These deformities can be corrected by initiating appropriate molding in the first week of life. Neonatal molding reduces the need for surgical correction with results that often exceed what can be achieved with the surgical alternative."

British surgeon Dr Andrew Linford published on splinting of ear deformities in the British Medical Journal in 2007 (Lindford AJ, Hettiaratchy S, Schonauer F. Postpartum splinting of ear deformities. BMJ 2007;334:366) and stated: "Postpartum splinting can completely correct congenital ear deformities and obviate the need for later surgery."

New Zealand plastic surgeon Dr Swee Tan concluded in the New Zealand Medical Journal (Tan S, Wright A, Hemphill A, Ashton K, Evans J. Correction of deformational auricular anomalies by moulding - results of a fast-track service. NZMJ 2003 Vol 116 No 1181) that it "is an effective treatment strategy that will largely negate the need for surgical correction of deformational auricular anomalies". 

Ear molding can treat prominent ears, cup ear, lop ear, mixed ear deformities, Stahl's ear, helical rim abnormalities and cryptotia.

At What Age Should Ear Molding Be Started?

Ear molding should be started as early as possible as the younger an infant is, the more malleable their ears are, and the better the ears respond to molding. Ear cartilage is very pliable immediately after birth, but becomes more elastic and firm within a few days of birth. This is attributed to high oestrogen levels in the newborn infant, which are high at birth due to the high maternal oestrogen levels during pregnancy, but fall rapidly in the first six weeks of life. The elasticity of ear cartilage is increased by oestrogen, because oestrogen increases the amount of hyaluronic acid, which increases the proteoglycan concentration in the cartilage.  

What Duration of Ear Molding Is Required?

The duration of molding varies according to the age of the child and the degree of molding required. The earlier that molding is commenced the higher the likelihood of a successful outcome and the shorter the duration of molding required. It has been suggested that babies who are breastfed may require a longer period of molding than those who are bottle fed, because the ear cartilage remains malleable for longer, but there is no published evidence on this. 

Contact Us

For information about ear molding in Australia with the EarWellTM Infant Ear Correction System:

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Phone: (03) 9427 9596

Address: 549 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC 3121

Medical assistance for healthcare professionals: 0467 666 862

Fax: (03) 8677 9116

 

 

About EarWell

The EarWellTM Infant Ear Correction System has been specifically designed for infant ear molding and can be applied in infants up to 6 weeks of age. We recommend it as the most effective and customisable device for infant ear molding. 

EarWellTM must be applied early in a child’s life. The optimum is less than 3 weeks of age and the earlier the better. EarWell has successfully corrected thousands of baby ears worldwide with very few failures. EarWellTM is safe, tested, pain-free AND it works. The EarWell™ procedure is completed in just minutes, right in your doctor’s office. After 4-6 weeks, the ears will be shaped normally.

This video shows US plastic surgeon Dr Steve Byrd applying the EarWellTM system to an infant's ear to treat Stahl's deformity:

 

Ear molding is an effective, non-invasive treatment for infant ear deformities

Until recently there was no reliable, effective method of treating infant ear abnormalities without surgery. Thankfully now there is a reliable, non-invasive alternative that can be performed in your doctor's rooms. 

While ear molding has not been performed in Australia until recently, experts from many countries have published on the effectiveness of the technique. Below is what experts in the United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand have said about ear molding:

"Congenital ear deformities are common and only approximately 30 percent self-correct. These deformities can be corrected by initiating appropriate molding in the first week of life. Neonatal molding reduces the need for surgical correction with results that often exceed what can be achieved with the surgical alternative." Byrd HS, Langevin CJ, Ghidoni LA. Ear molding in newborn infants with auricular deformities. Plast Reconstr Surg 2010 Oct; 126(4):1191-200

"Postpartum splinting can completely correct congenital ear deformities and obviate the need for later surgery." Lindford AJ, Hettiaratchy S, Schonauer F. Postpartum splinting of ear deformities. BMJ 2007;334:366

Ear Molding "is an effective treatment strategy that will largely negate the need for surgical correction of deformational auricular anomalies" - Tan S, Wright A, Hemphill A, Ashton K, Evans J. Correction of deformational auricular anomalies by moulding - results of a fast-track service. NZMJ 2003 Vol 116 No 1181