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.
"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 and 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 and 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 and 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!
"I just wanted to let you know how HAPPY we are after my baby completed his 3 month treatment. He had prominent ears and I was concerned about him getting bullied or too self-conscious in the future. It was much easier and far more comfortable to wear and apply than I thought, even in a very hot climate like the one we have here in the southeast of Spain on very sensitive skin like my son's. We could already see results after only 15 days! Thank you so much for making such an amazing and easy-to-use device available to everyone."
Andrea & her Son - Alicante, SpainRead Andrea's Full Story!
"I recommend you do not hesitate to get EarBuddies if you have any doubt about your baby’s ear. Because in the future, you may have a bigger problem and maybe solution is going to be harder. We were very worried about our newborn baby Miray’s left ear, so I made a search on the Web, found EarBuddies, and ordered; shipping was really fast. In just the second day, I could see the progress in her ear."
Ibrahim & and his Daughter Miray - Ankara, TurkeyRead Ibrahim's Review
"Thank you for educating me, thank you for giving me hope & thank you for letting me believe I can do this before I even got the product. My daughter was two months old when my kit arrived. I can not express the excitement and joy me and my family felt after seeing my daughters ears after only two weeks. The results where outstanding, but we noticed her ears where still very soft, so we continued for 7 more weeks. The results truly speak for themselves. Thank you for this life changing product, you successfully changed my daughters life forever."
Denise & her Baby Daughter - Sydney, AustraliaRead Denise's Full Story
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.
Click here to see the locations of some of our Professional Fitters, as well as our most recent 500 orders. If you don't live near a Professional Fitter, or want to fit EarBuddies™ yourself at home, we'll ship direct to your door!