EarBuddies were invented in 1990 by Plastic Surgeon David Gault FRCS, one of the world’s leading experts on reconstructive surgery of the outer ear, to treat his newborn son. EarBuddies are designed to be fitted at home by parents, and are also used in some of the most eminent children’s hospitals worldwide, including the NHS (UK), Mayo Clinic (USA), The Portland Hospital (London), and Boston Children’s Hospital (Harvard).
By treating babies early and avoiding surgery, EarBuddies provide better results, without risk, at lower cost, and avoid the bullying and psychological trauma that usually leads to surgery. Almost thirty years after EarBuddies were first developed, it is the world’s best selling Early Ear Correction™ system, and has helped thousands of babies to grow up comfortable and confident with their ears.
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.
"Shortly after our son was born, we noticed that the rim of the left ear was folded and the lobe of the same ear was crinkled a bit too. Immediately we expressed this concern to our paediatrician and midwife but they said that is not a big deal and that it would go away on its own. We visited two other doctors, one of them was an ENT doctor. But it did not turn out as we hoped.
The doctor said that we would have to wait until our son was older to do the correction and it would be a surgery. We were so dissapointed that so much precious time was wasted and immediately ordered EarBuddies and fitted them ourselves. Our son was 10 weeks old when we fitted them. After two weeks of splintage we noticed a significant difference already. We could not believe it. We splinted for 3 months which is longer than it is recommended because we feared a regression of results. Yesterday we took the splint off, his ear looks amazing and we are so happy with the results. Thank you EarBuddies for such a useful invention!"Read Kristina's full story here!
"We went to see David Gault in June when my Daughter was 5 months old. We were worried that we had left it too late to see any results but David ensured us that if we wanted it and were willing to put in the effort it would work!
We were amazed by how quickly the ear changed shape even after a few weeks. We continued to splint for 16 weeks and the results are just amazing. We are so happy! They didn’t bother her at all, she had a few inflamed ears over the 16 weeks but nothing a day without the tapes didn’t fix! So happy we did this and the results speak for themselves!
After I finished taping Elise’s ears there was a part of me that thought this will never stay and might drift back. We haven’t had the splints on now for 4 months and her ears are still perfect! I honestly can’t believe that EarBuddies isn’t better known, it’s such a simple way to fix the issue!"Read Kate's Full Story Here
"When Polly was born obviously I thought she was the most perfect baby, but I knew from day one that she had, unfortunately, inherited my ears. I think I could even tell in her 4D scan. I had my ears pinned back at 22 and then needed revision surgery which was painful. I hated wearing my hair up and still don’t because I think it’s just instilled in me. I didn’t want this for Polly and I googled to see if there was anything I could do to help.
I came across EarBuddies and ordered a kit. I decided to book a consultation and fitting with Mr Gault. Mr Gault was lovely and could see how nervous I was. I explained everything to him and he listened and then carefully fitted Polly's EarBuddies. She was asleep the whole time! She was 2 weeks old. We are happy with the changes it has made to Polly, despite the hair cut! If you are hesitant, please go for it, we are glad we did."
Emma & her Daughter Polly - London, United KingdomRead Emma's full story here!
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.
While the majority of EarBuddies™ are fitted by parents at home, when professionally fitted and the treatment supervised, success rates rise to up to 92%, 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.