Microtia and Aural Atresia

Microtia and Aural Atresia Center

The Microtia and Aural Atresia Center is dedicated to the treatment of congenital ear deformities, offering advanced reconstructive surgical techniques and associated hearing loss treatments. Our multidisciplinary team provides expert care and compassionate support for patients and families.

Microtia means “small ear” and can range in severity from a minimally deformed ear to the complete absence of the ear (anotia). Microtia is most often a random, sporadic event and is not an in utero event. Microtia occurs in one of every 5,000 to 7,000 births, and is mostly one-sided, on the right and occurs predominantly in males.

Aural atresia refers to the absence or underdevelopment of the ear canal. Microtia is almost always accompanied by aural atresia, because the outer ear and the middle ear develop from one common block tissue at the same time during development in the womb.

Our team at Mass. Eye and Ear has been taking care of patients with these conditions for more than three decades. We established the Microtia and Aural Atresia Center to address the need for coordinated, multidisciplinary services dedicated to these problems. The Center provides seamless, coordinated care across these associated specialties, from hearing restoration through ear reconstruction.

We know that having a child with microtia can create a great deal of anxiety and questions. Please do not hesitate to call us to speak directly with one of the Center’s physicians. If a physician is not immediately available, your call will be returned within 24 hours.

Contact the Microtia and Aural Atresia Center at Mass. Eye and Ear today at 617-573-5524.