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"When my fourth son Augie was born, one of his ears looked a little 'off.' His ear looked a bit smooshed and pointed at the top and I thought maybe it was from the birth, his position in the womb, or even from breastfeeding, and that it would correct itself. It really wasn't anything too extreme and I wasn't that worried about it. However, by the time he was 6 weeks old, it started to become more and more prominent and very elf-like. I was worried that he may be teased as he got older and didn't want that for him.
"I was so excited to discover that his ear could be reshaped without surgery..."
After some research, I discovered that he had an ear deformity called Stahl's bar and that it could be corrected as an infant by wearing an ear mold. I was so excited to discover that his ear could be reshaped without surgery and that it seemed to be an easy fix. When I found this awesome, simple device called EarBuddies (that I was able to do myself) I ordered it right away and received the mold very quickly (in about 5 days) considering I live in the U.S.
Before EarBuddies - Stahl's Bar
Erin at Step 5 of the Fitting Guide
After just 8 Weeks!
Augie started wearing the mold at 8 weeks old and wore it for a total of 8 weeks. The process was a little stressful for the first fitting, we had to re-do it the first time! Once I nursed him to sleep for our second try we were able to place it fairly easily. After that first fitting, all other tape changes were much easier, as his ear was already shaped at that point, and then it was just keeping it in place. His ear is beautiful now and we are so excited!
Thank you EarBuddies!"
Unfortunately though it wasn't long before we started to get 'innocent' comments from family and friends. Things such as "aww look at his cute little elf ear" and even comparing our newborn son to Yoda & Dobby! I'm sure no harm was meant but it started to really affect me and I became paranoid about his ear folding when he was held and feeding. 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.
Stahl's Bar Deformity at birth
After thoroughly reading the website, I was keen to give it a go. I was initially scared by what others might think and my husband took a little talking round, but the whole family has been amazed how well it's worked and I'm so glad we decided to give EarBuddies a try. I decided to be honest when questioned about the tapes, and most people were very understanding. We were even surprised when my husband's best friend knew what EarBuddies were having researched himself in case his newborn daughter inherited his ears!
Right ear with Stahl's Bar Deformity
We started the process when my son was 11 weeks old and I was very impressed with the fast delivery time. To be honest, I found the first fitting a little stressful and fiddly, but it got much easier each time. I found fitting when asleep to be the best time. I'm so glad I stuck it out!
Right ear before EarBuddies
Right ear after 16 weeks
Both ears before EarBuddies
Both ears after 16 weeks
I changed the tapes every 10 days or so, but wish I'd brought more tapes to start with as cheaper ones don't match up and irritated his ears. I ended up ordering more and paying more postage. 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."
"My husband and I decided that a surprise gender wasn’t adventurous enough for us with our first child and so we took it one step further and surprised one another with our baby’s name. We each chose (and kept secret) a name—my husband a boy’s and I a girl’s. Lo and behold, it was a boy...which meant I heard my son’s name for the first time the hour after he was born. Needless to say, I hated the name. Ha !!
To make matters worse, as the months went on, I began to notice his ears were becoming more and more pronounced. I ignored it for a while but then people starting making comments...”oh look at those cute ears!...awww, whose ears are those?” etc. It suddenly dawned on me - with a name like Wolfric and ears that resembled a bat (albeit an adorable one) my precious baby was most likely being set up for countless hours of cruel elementary and middle school jokes.
Baby Wolfie before EarBuddies
If you choose to use a shower cap, you must constantly supervise your baby and ensure that it does not cover baby's face.
"How we kept the ears dry during baths, haha!"
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. And as with any good success story, this one did not come without its challenges (mostly because the majority of the splinting I completed by myself - talk about a test of patience and creativity!)
We began splinting at 3.5 months and finished at 6.5 months. We splinted for one solid month with no issues and WOW what a difference we saw immediately [picture below]. After a couple of days of giving the skin a break, the ears started turning back out. We splinted again for a total of 2 more months, with several breaks in between due to a couple of mishaps - not waiting long enough for the barrier cream to dry which led to an infection; breastmilk seeping behind the tape which created an issue too...but we finally made it and it was worth it.
Day before splinting
Immediately after taking tape off, 1 month later
After 3 Months
Final result (over 48 hours after tape came off)
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."
"When our daughter was born in late August of this year, we noticed that one of her ears was cupped and sticking out. She had a lack of cartilage in her inner ear. 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.
"EarBuddies has completely reshaped our daughter's ear in as little as 6 days!"
EarBuddies has completely reshaped our daughter's ear in as little as 6 days! We looked at the results on the sixth day to make sure her ear wasn't getting irritated and to our amazement, her ear looked almost perfect! We left the EarBuddy in her ear for 2 more weeks and couldn't be happier with the results. Although the recommended time for us to keep the EarBuddy in her ear was 2 months, we were satisfied as to how well her ear looked at just 3 weeks.
Before EarBuddies - Underdeveloped Antihelix
After 3 weeks - Immediately after removing the splint and tapes
After EarBuddies - Antihelix Reformed
I highly recommend this product! It is so worth every penny! I have attached a before EarBuddies picture of my daughter's ear (1st picture) and after pictures of her ear. Thanks for such an amazing product!!!"
"We have been absolutely delighted with EarBuddies. Olivia was born with her right ear folded in half which started uncurling outwards resembling a cauliflower. Our GP told us she would need reconstructive surgery when she was seven which I was not happy about. 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."
Before EarBuddies - severe Cup Ear deformity
"When our son was born I noticed he had prominent ears and that they were bent over. I thought that this would correct itself after a few days but instead they started to get worse. I looked into ear splinting as I didn't want my son being bullied when he was older. If I could do something whilst he was so young, it would benefit him. After researching and discussing it with our GP, it was decided to fit him with EarBuddies. They were delivered the day after ordering and fitted when he was 15 days old.
Before EarBuddies, at 5 days old
1 week after fitting EarBuddies
3 weeks after fitting EarBuddies
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!!"
"I would love to share my story and show the success of using EarBuddies on my daughter. When my little girl was born, the only issue with her ears was that the rim was slightly folded over, which was barely noticeable. However within the first few days I noticed that the whole ear folded over when breast-feeding or being cuddled. It wasn’t until she was 7 weeks old that her ears began to stick out. So, when the Health Visitor came around I asked her about the benefits of EarBuddies – she made me feel like I was being completely out of order asking, saying that she couldn’t see anything wrong and that she was perfect the way she was – so I did nothing at this point.
When she was 14 weeks old, they had become more pronounced and luckily my husband admitted that he thought they had to – it was at this point, with the support to go ahead, that I bought the EarBuddies. 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. It was a stressful process for me but finally we managed to get them on. I had to change the tapes on a regular basis as it was during the heatwave, but it became a lot easier over time as I got used to it. I learnt applying them when breastfeeding was the best time for me.
"After several months we really noticed a change, her ears are now much less pronounced and I am so thankful for discovering EarBuddies!"
There are a few points I would share with any parent thinking of using EarBuddies:
Thank you EarBuddies for helping me to correct my little girls ears!! I would recommend any parent thinking of using these to give them a try as it's worth the effort!"
"My son was born on 27 April 2017 and since birth he had a left ear anteverted conchal bowl. This is a very rare ear deformity and I noticed this after around 12 days. I should admit seeing his ear like this made me quite depressed. I had never seen such an ear deformity before. I googled day and night about ear deformities and their surgery, called many clinics where ear deformities are corrected and didn't find any solution. During his one month check up his pediatrician said that nothing can be done for his ear malformation and that at the age of 10 years he then can go for plastic surgery to correct it. Another ear clinic as well told me that it is only aesthetic and there is no apparatus or moulding equipment over here in Mauritius or existing that can be used to correct his ear without surgery. Two other ENT specialists as well told me nothing can be done as he cannot be operated and to leave his ear as it is. Non surgical treatment for ear deformities also does not exist in Mauritius.
But as a mother and my son being dear to me I didn't lose hope and continued to google and research about ear corrections. I found non surgical treatments from EarBuddies, Otostick cosmetic instant correction equipment and earwell infant ear correction device. The only solution to my child’s ear deformity was found at EarBuddies, as it ships worldwide, reaches within a short span of time, offers solutions for various ear deformities and is not costly. I finally bought EarBuddies splints nearly 2 months ago. It was quite an easy process as all instructions and guidelines are found on the EarBuddies website.
I started splintage on 14th of June with a positive mind and ended it on 20th July 2017. I followed instructions on EarBuddies website for conchal bowl deformity, made both splints in a heart shape as per instructions and fitted both together in his left ear. Bandage were changed and his left ear checked every eight days. Of course, members of the family used to ask lots of questions when they saw his bandaged ear. My only answer was that he got an ear infection so that they will spare me from further questions. During splintage time, I used to feel worried, whether it will work or not. I saw improvement after the first eight days where the bulge coming outside went inside to some extent. I told myself that I need to continue and have patience with the splintage despite people would question me, and that this is for the betterment and future of my child who would be spared from people's and family members' curiosity, questions, ridicule and my child would not feel low self esteem later in his life because of his ear deformity.
Before EarBuddies - 1 month old
Finally, 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. It is indeed a miracle that only EarBuddies splints can do. I will surely recommend EarBuddies splints to other babies having ear deformity as it has been a 100% success in my baby's case. I am really happy and satisfied as well as do not regret having invested in EarBuddies.
Thank you EarBuddies for your clear instructions, guidelines, quick shipping, support and most importantly this simple yet amazing product."
"Dear Earbuddies staff,
I just wanted to let you know how HAPPY we are after my baby completed his 3 month treatment. As I told you in previous emails, he had prominent ears and I was concerned about him getting bullied or too self-conscious in the future. Before trying earbuddies he had worn a similar but more expensive treatment with no results whatsoever. This made me think maybe earbuddies wouldn't work for him either, but I was wrong!! And we are so glad we gave it a try!
"It was much easier and far more comfortable to wear and apply than I thought"
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 in spring and summer and on very sensitive skin like my son's. Plus, we could already see results after only 15 days! Here are some before and after pictures for you to see how well it worked.
Tapes have been off for 4 days now and we really hope his ears stay the way they are. Thank you so much for making such an amazing and easy-to-use device available to everyone."
"EarBuddies is the best and fastest way to prevent a bigger ear problem in the future. The website is very helpful about all the different types of ear deformity and it is very easy to find your baby’s ear deformity and fixing steps. 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.
"In just the second day, I could see the progress in her ear."
We continued to use the splint, she wasn't disturbed about fitting the splint to her ear. But I highly recommend you to get adhesive tape remover. Because it really helps them when you get off the tape. The happiness will come to your house when you see the progress. I am very pleased of using the EarBuddies. I will recommend to all my friends. Thanks for the miracle EarBuddies!
Result after 2 days
Result after 12 days
"Yeni doğan bebeğimizin sol kulağında doğduktan hemen sonra ufakta olsa Bi şekil bozukluğu olduğunu gördüğümüzde gerçekten çok üzülmüştüm. Nasıl bir önlem alabiliriz derken, internette yaptığım araştırma sonucu EarBuddies ile tanıştım. Web sitesini okuduktan ve her türlü ince ayrıntıya kadar bilgi verildiğini gördükten sonra ne kadar güzel ve başarılı bir iş yaptıklarını anladım ve hemen sipariş verdim. Kargo gerçekten çok hızlı bir şekilde geldi. Splint'i ilk uygulamadan sonra gelişmeyi görmek evimizde bir mutluluk rüzgarı estirdi. Sizlere tavsiyem bebeğinizin kulağıyla ilgili en ufak bir şüpheniz varsa, hiç çekinmeden bir tane alın ve deneyin. Kullanımı kolay, ileride bebeğinize yaptırmanız gerekebilecek muhtemel bir plastik cerrahi operasyonundan çok daha ucuz ve acısız. Bebeğiniz onun kulağında olduğunu anlamayacak bile. En önemli tavsiyem ise, bant sökücü mendil veya spreylerden kesinlikle almanız. Çünkü bantları sökerken bu olmazsa Canları çok yanabilir. Bununla beraber kulağından çıktığından haberi bile olmayacak. Kesinlikle tavsiye edebilceğim çok iyi bir ürün."
"When my daughter was born it was very obvious her ears where very soft and when sleeping on either side her ears would fold in half causing the tops to have no shape. Like a lot of other parents after seeking all these opinions, I was told nothing could be done and her ears will correct themselves in time. At this point I knew I had to take control and start my own research. I still cannot believe it took this one simple sentence to google (correcting my baby's ears), and voila, there you have it! EarBuddies!
"At this point I knew I had to take control and start my own research."
Baby's ears folding over while sleeping.
Right Ear Before
After 2 Weeks
After 2 Months
Left Ear Before
After 2 Weeks
After 2 Months
"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 cannot 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."
"My 9 month old daughter Emilia was a breech baby and packed like a sardine at 8.7lbs in my petite frame, so she had to be delivered by semi elected Ceasarean Section. The doctors and nurses said my daughters' feet were right up by her ears when they pulled her out!! When she was born I noticed she had lovely little ears, but they were extremely soft but flat except her left one was slightly sticking out more than the right one.
I assumed that this was from her position in the womb! I was paranoid when anyone was holding her telling everyone not to let her ears fold over. My mum and Nan said it was an old wives tale. Their words ringing in my ears (no pun intended!), I didn't pay much attention to Emilia folding her ears over constantly, especially when she slept. I did notice that her ears were starting to stick out a bit, but I didn't think much of it.
Emilia's ears folding over.
Emilia's left ear was particularly prominent.
It was when she was just over 6 months old when I really took notice of a particular photo and realised how much worse they were getting. I typed into Google "will my baby's ears get better as she gets older?" and that's when I discovered Ear Buddies and got my answer, no they will not get better on there own!
I sat on my bed reading every inch of the Ear Buddies website including customer reviews for over an hour and armed with my information, I went to my partner and showed him. We had never really talked about Emilia's ears but we both knew what was happening but too afraid to say. My partner's first reaction was offence but then he came round to it once we discussed it. Of course our baby girl is the most beautiful baby we have ever seen to us, and actually her little sticky out ears were kind of cute! However, we agreed that SHE certainly won't think so when she gets older, she will always wear her hair down and feel self conscious. Then there are the school bullies, if there is anything in our power to prevent her being teased before having to resort to risky, painful surgery then we should grab it with both hands.
We needed to purchase the large kit with Emilia being 6 months old, but if there was a chance to fix our baby's ears and help her out, even if it didn't work we had to take it and it was worth every penny. We put the Ear Buddies on her on 31st December, 2 weeks later there was already a huge improvement!! We couldn't believe it.
Before 1st fitting
After 2 weeks
We continued re-applying them every 2 weeks when we eventually had no further need to continue with them after 2.5 months as the ear cartilage has started to harden! We are absolutely thrilled with the results and we can't thank you enough!!! I will be forever grateful, from 1 very happy 1st time mummy :)"
After 8 weeks
After 8 weeks
After 10 weeks
After 10 weeks
"This is Olivia who is now 6 months old ! She is a twin who was born 10 weeks premature. Due to being in an incubator for a long period of time and her ear cartilage being very soft her ear became deformed over time. This is 6 weeks results. After being told she would need surgery to correct it we are thrilled with the results."
"I would just like to provide some very positive anonymous feedback please from myself and my wife who are both health care professionals in the NHS. Your product is effective, easy to use and was really well tolerated by our new born son. I would suggest raising awareness of this great product with paediatric trainees who do the baby checks of new borns in hospital, midwifes and health visitors. For example, do you have a rep who visits maternity units? GPs should also be aware but don't typically see babies until 6-weeks. Our experience was that no health care professional we met knew anything about this treatment and we had to research this problem ourselves. The Fraser et al paper "Development of a screening service for neonatal ear deformity using neonatal hearing screeners and an information leaflet" in International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology in 2013 gave us the confidence to go ahead with it despite nobody else we met being aware of this treatment."
Before starting treatment at 2 weeks old
First application of EarBuddies Splint
"Thank you so much for an amazing product. I was so upset after attending a privately paid consultation to fix my baby's ear that there was nothing they could do. I thought I was out of luck and poor Harry would have to wait till he is older to have his ear corrected. Thankfully, after further research I came across the earbuddies and went straight ahead and bought the full kit.
Due to being told several times by professionals my baby's ear would correct itself, my son was already 6 months old when I started the process. We have splinted his ear for 3 months with no problems whatsoever. Attached are some amazing pictures and we are very happy parents with the results and thank you so much for such a fantastic product."
3 months later
"My baby girl was born with perfect flat ears. At about 2 months of age they started to fold over when she slept. I noticed this was causing her ears to stick out. I felt sick at the thought of her being teased at school so I searched the Internet for a solution and came across ear buddies. I am from Australia and couldn't find anything else like it locally. I was hesitant as it was an overseas purchase but the process of purchase and delivery was quick and easy.
I put EarBuddies on my daughter when she was three months of age. She has worn them now for 3 weeks and the results are nothing short of amazing. I'm glad I did it and intend on having them on for the full 3 months so they set and stay this perfect. She doesn't even notice them on and applying and removing is a lot easier than I thought it would be. Thank you EarBuddies!"
"Our sons ears were very asymmetrical and the left ear became more and more prominent over time. He was 8 1/2 months old when we started the taping. He is now 12 1/2 months and we are very pleased with the results. We have removed the tape for over a week and have been pleased with the ear staying in place, however it frequently gets folded over so we plan to continue the taping until the cartilage hardens more. He tolerates the tape surprisingly well and it is just part of our routine now.
I also wanted to add that our son has extremely sensitive skin and we have not had any issues with the Ear Buddies system. We apply a small amount of Medihoney with a q-tip where the ear meets the back of his head and did notice some skin breakdown the one time we forgot to use this. We also use the Cavilon barrier spray and gentle adhesive remover. I did a lot of research on ear deformities and treatments, however your website did not appear in my searches until I specifically typed "tape for prominent ears”.
I wanted to thank you, EarBuddies, for helping us prevent future cosmetic surgery and give symmetrical ears to our little boy during his early childhood. I just wish I had discovered this sooner. I hope this helps more families utilize this life changing product."
"Hi! My beautiful baby girl, Emilia, was born with one sticky out ear. Having been teased for the way I looked when I was a teenager I didn't want Emilia to go through the same experience due to her 'pixie ear' but also didn't want to put her through surgery so I looked for an alternate solution and found the EarBuddies system. She's been wearing the splints for 2 months now and her ears look amazing!
People laughed at me and looked at me like I was ridiculous when I decided to do this but I'm so glad I did, now my beautiful girl has perfect little ears. Thank you!
"My daughter Charlie was born with perfect ears but as the months passed they began to stick out more and more. My eldest son also has stick out ears and I became concerned that Charlie would have the same issue. It was when I was searching for possible solutions for Harry that I came across EarBuddies.
I immediately ordered them but was sceptical as she was almost 5 months old. She is now 9 1/2 months old and I can not believe the difference!! I only wish I'd known about them for Harry. I can not recommend them enough! I now feel happy that Charlie can grow up without being self conscious of her ears. Thank you."
after 1 month
after 1 month
after 1.5 months
2 weeks later
Stahl's bar gone
after 4 weeks
after 3 months
3.5 weeks later
rim kink gone
Jason in 2005, before EarBuddies
Jason in 2010, aged 5
Jason in early 2016, aged 10
"About 9 years ago, the little boy in this video was on television in the UK wearing some EarBuddies. Look at those perfect ears now! He now lives in Canberra, Australia - hence the accent. He has perfect ears thanks to EarBuddies. So lucky I found the website in time for him!
after 6 Weeks
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