Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if my baby is a candidate for EarWell®?  

  • If your baby was born with a misshaped ear and he or she is less than 2 weeks old, a free, no obligation consultation, including an exam by a trained professional, can be scheduled to evaluate if he or she is a candidate.

Can my baby's ear correct without treatment?

  • Approximately 70% of babies' ears stay the same, or even worsen over time. Some do self-correct, but there is no way to determine which will and which will not. 

When is the best time to have the procedure started?

  • Ideally as soon after birth as possible, but within the first 2 weeks is appropriate. Obtaining a successful outcome is dependent on getting started quickly.

How long does my baby have to keep the cradle on?

  • The typical treatment lasts 6 weeks, but can vary depending on your baby's deformity and how old she/he is when treatment is started.

What if I wait and my baby's ears do not self-correct? Do I have any other options?

  • Surgery is the other option for correcting ear deformities after this time period has closed. It is typically delayed until the child is 5-6 years old and the ears have reached close to the adult size. This results in delayed treatment. With Cradle Their Ears, the intention is to avoid surgery and the teasing associated with misshaped ears once reaching school age. 

Can my baby still hear with the cradle on?

  • Yes. The cradle does not block the ear canal so it doesn't interfere with hearing. 

Is there any pain during the procedure?

  • No. Although your baby my cry during the procedure he or she should not experience any pain. 

Will my baby be able to sleep with the cradle on?

  • Yes. They are made of a soft silicone that flexes with the baby's skin so it should not cause discomfort or affect sleep. 

Will this effect my baby's ability to breastfeed?

  • No. It is important to prevent milk or formula from entering the cradle while in place. 

How much does it cost?

  • Cost depends on your insurance coverage, co-pay, and co-insurance. The price also depends on if I am treating 1 ear or both. More specific information will be tailored to each patient and discussed during the consultation.  

If I decide to wait and my child needs surgery is it more expensive?

  • Yes. Otoplasy is significantly more expensive. There are charges associated with the procedure, the anesthesia, and the operating room. EarWell® doesn't require anesthesia or an operating room thus, it is significantly less expensive.  Additionally, it is unlikely to be covered by insurance later because it would be considered cosmetic.

What are the negative aspects associate with not getting the ear deformity corrected?

  • Children living with ear deformities often suffer from bullying once they reach school age. This can lead to self-conscious feelings that can last a lifetime. With treatment, you baby will avoid any opportunity for bullying associated with ear deformities.