Our ears don’t simply allow us to hear. They are an essential part of the face. Therefore malformations and defects of the external and middle ear are often immediately visible. In addition, the sense of hearing can be severely impaired. Fortunately such malformations are very rare. That is the reason why ear reconstruction and restoring the sense of hearing are extremely challenging.
On this website you can learn about the different methods of treatment available and about me and my work.
See from the examples the extent to which the natural aesthetics of the ear can be restored through different methods. This will give you an exciting insight into my work.
Microtia and Atresia
Visible ear malformations are categorised as “Microtia”. Malformations can affect parts of the ear or the whole external ear. The term “Atresia” describes malformations of the ear canal and the middle ear. The ear canal can be narrower than it should be or completed closed. As a result, sounds, speech and music are unable to reach the inner ear and hearing is impaired.
“I was born without ears and with closed ear canals. Today, two years after the operations, I feel like a normal person. I play handball and go to mainstream school. Thank you!”
Children with hearing loss must receive early treatment in order to restore their ability to hear. Hearing rehabilitation is possible from the age of two until four years old. There are many types of hearing aids and devices available, for example bone conduction hearing aids, which are worn on a headband, and active middle ear implants. “Active” means that the implant is provided with electricity by battery power.
When a patient makes the decision to have plastic reconstructive surgery of the external ear, there are three different methods for doing this: the external ear can be reconstructed from rib cartilage. As an alternative to rib cartilage a special synthetic material made from Polyethylene can be used. In addition to this, synthetic ears made of silicon, called prostheses, are available.
Dr. med. Henning Frenzel
I am an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist as well as a specialist in facial plastic surgery. Thanks to my training in these two areas I can combine the functional restoration of hearing with plastic reconstructive surgery when treating patients.