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"When Hannah was born in January 2019, we noticed straight away that one of her ears didn’t have much internal structure, was slightly lower than the other and stuck out quite a bit. We left it for a little while and then started to research possible alternatives to ear pinning, along with speaking to midwives and other health professionals who had said there was nothing that could be done as she was too young. We soon found EarBuddies online and were very impressed with the success stories so decided to give it a go.
I was a bit dubious about the fitting at first but the instructions were very helpful, plus I decided to try with help from my Mum (and a sleeping baby - thank you Hannah). The first fitting was very tricky, more so because I was learning and I worried if I was doing it right, but I got there and when I saw a visible result after the first change of the tape I was very impressed. Hannah has been so good through out this process, plus my ability to apply the splints has improved! We started splinting just before she turned 4 months, 3 months down and the results are amazing, she has internal ear structure, the ears appear more aligned at the back and it no longer sticks out.
After 3 Months
After 3 Months
Thank you EarBuddies!! So very pleased with these results, this product has been a life changer for Hannah, its taken away something that could have potentially lead to self-esteem issues. Both my husband and I are no longer worried about her having to grow up with one ear being very different from the other. Any parents out there who are wondering if it is worth doing……it is!"
"We realised our Daughter Alejandra's ears were pointing out when she was about a month old. I never heard about EarBuddies before until I searched online several times looking for a solution to her ears. At this point she was already 9 weeks old. We decided to go ahead but we also decided to start the splinting when she was almost 4 months old because we were going to be traveling for about 6 weeks. We moved from the UK to Greece and this involved a few trips. Even if starting the splinting later was against the advice given, we still got very good results and we are very happy.
Before EarBuddies - 4 months old
After 12 weeks
After 16 weeks
We cannot say it was easy because Alejandra had a lot of eczema and very sensitive skin on her face and head and she went through teething as well. We also could not keep the EarBuddies on for more than 10 days in a row, because her skin was getting very irritated but still with all these difficulties we got very good results after 16 weeks and we think it was very worth it. Alejandra's ears are not perfect but they look normal which was our goal. Thank you EarBuddies, we will ALWAYS recommend you."
"Our gorgeous daughter was born in December 2018. By a couple of months old we noticed that her ears had started to protrude and were continuing to grow outwards. What worried us most was that they would fold over on themselves when she was feeding, moving her head when lying down, or when we put her into the car seat. This caused the back of her ears to catch and rub on things as the cartilage was still quite soft.
As well as the fact that this was uncomfortable for her, we were worried about the possibility of them continuing to grow outwards and maybe be a point of self-consciousness for her when she was older, or a subject of ridicule. We were aware of the availability of ear pinning operations when she was older but we really didn’t like the thought of future painful surgery. We were advised to research EarBuddies by the GP and when we read other parents’ experiences we decided to give them a try.
Before EarBuddies - 4 months old
During EarBuddies Treatment
After 11 weeks using EarBuddies
They were very easy to put on and take off and never bothered our beautiful daughter once, even though she has always been a very alert, active baby and we didn’t get started until she was 4 months old. They were also easy to hide behind pretty hairbands which actually just served to invite more compliments! After only 11 weeks she is now 6 and half months and the EarBuddies have made a huge difference, especially as the cartilage has begun to harden in the correct position. Thanks EarBuddies, we’re so pleased and now definitely know we made the right decision! We really couldn’t be happier with the results!"
"When my daughter Celina was born her lobe was crinkled and her ears stuck out. After doing research, at 4 weeks old we purchased EarBuddies. Everyone who saw them on her ears thought it was great that we were fixing the problem now rather than waiting until she was older and needing expensive surgery.
Before EarBuddies - 6 weeks old
After 4 weeks using EarBuddies
We took them off last night and are so incredibly thrilled with the results!!! The entire process was so easy. They didn’t bother her at all and they were easy to take off when the tape needed to be changed. Thank you EarBuddies!"
"My daughter was born in January 2019 and immediately her ears would fold over when holding her, creating a point in the ear and also causing the natural crease in the ear to almost disappear [antihelix not properly formed]. We were advised not to worry that the ears were folding, however after a few weeks it became apparent that the ears were becoming more pointed and that this was going to become permanent if we didn’t do anything.
After speaking to my GP and hearing her experiences of failed, painful ear pinning operations on children I decided to do some research. I came across the EarBuddies website and after reading many parent testimonials and looking at before and after pictures, we decided to give them a try. We said that we would only continue as long as EarBuddies were not bothering her and they didn’t bother her at all. They were easy to apply while she was sleeping and she was not aware of them at all. The tapes didn’t irritate her skin and the instructions were very clear and easy to follow. They were also easily hidden by cute headbands.
Before EarBuddies - 8 weeks old
After 8 weeks using EarBuddies
Before EarBuddies - 8 weeks old
After 8 weeks using EarBuddies
We applied the EarBuddies at 8 weeks and within the first 2 weeks there was a clear difference. Now at 16 weeks we are so happy with the results. Her ear has a clear, neat shape and you would never know there had been a point to them 8 weeks ago. I would recommend EarBuddies to any parents looking for an easy, pain-free solution to misshapen ears."
"Our son's name is Connor Spears and we are from Dayton, OH. Our son's ear was completely folded (like a taco) when he was born which caused the ear to not develop normally by the fold in his ear being shaped upward. We were told it would straighten itself out by the time we left the hospital. As you can see it did not do that.
After seeing an ENT specialist we were told nothing could be done to fix the ‘problem' except surgery at around 5 years old. We asked the Doctor about this process [EarBuddies] and he said there is no way it would work. The first picture is days after he was born. The second picture is from March 1st. The third picture is from today, March 11. We started using EarBuddies on March 3. Thank you!
Newborn Baby Connor
Before EarBuddies - 01/03/19
After EarBuddies - 11/03/19
Same photo zoomed out
"Hi. I wanted to put forward our story for ear of the month as we are over the moon with the results and wanted to share our success. When our daughter was born in January 2019, we noticed straight away that one of her ears was folded and a different shape from the other ear. Despite assurances the ear would correct itself from midwives it remained a different shape and very pointy and sticking out. My partner had suffered with bullying and a painful surgery due to problems with his ears being prominent which I did not want my daughter to experience.
After some research I came across EarBuddies and booked at appointment to see Mr Gault at his clinic on Great Portland Street when Penelope was 2 and a half weeks old. Immediately Mr Gault could see there was an issue that would not correct itself.
He fitted the EarBuddies and immediately managed to shape the ear to a normal shape. We felt very reassured by Mr Gault who said we would have a full cure to her problem within a few weeks. Straight away we could see a difference in the ear shape as soon as the ear buddy was fitted. She was not phased or bothered at all by the ear buddy being fitted or when worn. We found the ear buddy easy to fit at home. She now has a normal ear and we couldn’t be happier for her. Although she was perfect to us and we wouldn’t change her, I couldn't deprive her of an opportunity for her ear to be corrected so easily and quickly without the need for surgery or pain.
This is such a great product and I really strongly believe it should be more widely publicised by midwives and doctors if a deformity is spotted at birth. I would really like to extend my thanks to Mr Gault for such great results. I think there should be so much more awareness of this product as it is such a low cost, pain free way to easily and quickly solve issues with babies ears."
"Our son was born on December 20, 2018. I noticed that his ears looked different to mine and his Father's. I began to do some research online and discovered that he had Stahl’s Ear affecting both of his ears. I first took my son to the Pediatrician who then said that the condition would fix itself with time, or if I was overly concerned, he would refer our son to a plastic surgeon.
I began to do further research on Stahl’s Ear and came across EarBuddies online. We ordered EarBuddies and began the splinting process when Griffin was about 2 weeks old. We continued with the splinting for three weeks. We couldn’t be happier with the results. I would definitely recommend EarBuddies and I wish that medical providers here in the U.S. would recommend splinting instead of surgery."
After EarBuddies - 3 weeks later
"Our little boy Alessandro was born in March 2018 and, after about three months, we noticed that his ears had started to drift further and further out. By the time he was 5 months, they were noticeably protruding and we found that they would fold over on themselves when we were holding him in a cradle position, putting a hat on him or putting him into his car seat.
Although our son is the most beautiful thing in the world to us, we were both conscious of the possibility of him being teased for having 'stick out ears'. I had a prominent squint as a child and know first hand how an aesthetic problem can impact on self-esteem and lead to bullying. So we were intrigued when my sister (a GP) told us that she had read about a way of bringing Alessandro's ears back in without the need for surgery.
After doing our research and going through lots of parent testimonials on the EarBuddies website we decided to the plunge and we are so glad we did! As you can see from the before and after progress photos attached, the splints have made a huge difference to Alessandro's ears.
Before EarBuddies - September 2018 at 6 Months Old
Late November 2018 - After 10 Weeks
January 2019 - After 16 Weeks
Although we were initially worried that he might be too old for the splints to be effective, we've found the results really impressive. We've even managed to keep up splinting while Alessandro went through teething (and the ear pulling that goes with it!). Although we had a few occasions on which he ripped the tapes off in his sleep, with a little perseverance and taking our time we've manage to stick at it and achieve brilliant results.
Now Alessandro has finished his EarBuddies journey, his ears are looking fantastic. We’ve had so many positive comments about what a huge difference it’s made and couldn’t be more pleased. To any parents who aren’t sure yet, we’d say do take the plunge - even with an older baby it doesn’t take long to master applying and removing the splints and the results are great. Alessandro hasn’t been in pain or bothered at all by the splints and we think he’ll be very happy with the look of his ears in the future. Thank you EarBuddies!"
"We only found out about EarBuddies through researching cosmetic ear surgery due to our baby having a prominent ear. Upon researching, we came across the EarBuddies website. We looked up reviews and decided we would give it a go. Our little boy was already 8 months old, therefore through reading the website we were prepared to have the EarBuddies in for at least 4 months before we would notice any change.
Day 1, I was a little anxious about getting out the baby clippers to clip away the hair around our sons ear however it was manageable. We bathed him and followed the instructions given in the kit. A fairly simple process. I was concerned that as soon as the splint was in and the ear taped back he would pull at it, but he didn't notice it in the slightest.
Day 12, due to our son being quite a sweaty baby the tape had lifted therefore it was time to remove and start again. This was quite tricky and we found his head, behind the ear was a little red so we cleaned the area, applied the cream as directed and left it for 4 days before starting again. However, we could already see the difference in the ear from when we had begun using the EarBuddies 2 weeks ago.
After 2 Weeks
After 4 Weeks
Day 17, we reapplied the splint and taped back the ear again. Our son was not bothered by it at all. Obviously, throughout this whole period people were constantly asking us what was wrong with his ear and when we explained what it was and what it was doing, people looked confused or gave a look as though it would never work.
Day 30 came along and it was time to refresh the tape. We removed the plasters and splint to clean the ear and were completely surprised to see how well the EarBuddies had continued to work. Looking back at the before picture and the post 2 weeks picture we were absolutely amazed! We decided from here we were happy with the result so chose to end the EarBuddies treatment there. Our son was only breast fed up until he was 4 weeks old, and he has been formula fed since. We also began weaning at 4 months so he was pretty much fully fledged on solids when we began using the EarBuddies.
I would highly recommend this product. It needs to be marketed more across mothers / mothers-to-be websites, magazines, groups and social media. I wish I had known about EarBuddies when our son was born however our son had the EarBuddy in for less than 30 days in total from 8 months old and we are extremely happy with the outcome. I couldn't rate EarBuddies highly enough! Thank you. I will forever be promoting your amazing product!"
"I would like to share my experience with you. My baby boy was born with a Stahl's Bar on his left ear, which runs in our family. We heard about EarBuddies through our midwife and ordered when our son was 3 days old. 3 days later we received the order and started using them right away. The results were very good after 2 weeks, when we removed the EarBuddies for our baby's photo shoot. We fitted again 1 day later as the advice is to continue for 3 to 4 weeks.
Before EarBuddies (5 days old)
EarBuddies Fitted (6 days old)
After 2 Weeks (Baby Photoshoot)
After 3.5 Weeks (end of treatment)
5 months after ending treatment
We stopped using EarBuddies after 3 to 4 weeks, and we are very satisfied with the results. He is now 6 months old and it still looks very nice. We’ve been recommending EarBuddies to our friends and family, and also to other parents. It is very easy to use, and is a small effort for very good results for the rest of their lives. And you help your kids avoid being bullied or having scary surgery in the future. We are very satisfied, thanks!"
"Onze zoontje werd geboren met stahl s oor eenzijdig. Dit komt vaker in de familie. We hebben via onze verloskundige gehoord van earbuddies en hebben dit gelijk besteld toen onze zoontje 3 dagen oud was. 3 dagen later hebben we het ontvangen en zijn we gelijk begonnen met afplakken. Het effect hiervan was zeer goed te zijn na 2 weken. Toen hebben we de verband eraf gehaald voor de babyshoot en na 1 dag weer geplakt omdat het advies is om dit 3 tot 4 weken voort te zetten.Na 3 tot 4 weken zijn we gestopt met het gebruik van de earbuddies en we zijn er zeer tevreden over. Hij is nu 6 maanden oud en het ziet er nogsteeds erg mooi uit. We raden earbuddies van harte aan, het is een kleine moeite voor zeer goed resultaat voor de rest van hun leven. Wij zijn zeer tevreden, dank!"
"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to EarBuddies. At 10 weeks, I thought that was the way my daughter's ears would be. Nobody said anything could be done, but I thought this is the 21st century there must be something... and there it was, EarBuddies. I spent the whole day reading the stories and how it all worked. We ordered our premium kit and when it arrived we cracked on. We started Ettie at 10 weeks old. I’m not going to lie, a 10 week old baby who can fight that little bit more was hard work.
"Here's one of her wearing the EarBuddies hat"
After two weeks we noticed an improvement but we also noticed a sore on our baby's ear. I was distraught about it all. I wasn’t sure if I should give up or carry on. I read the FAQs to find some answers. We decided to go for it again and this time there were no sores and I found that it got a little bit easier, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks it got easier and easier. The finished results are amazing.
After 12 Weeks
Left Ear Before
Left Ear after 2 Weeks
Left Ear after 4 Weeks
I’m so pleased that we persisted and didn’t give up. It can be a stressful time with a new baby and a toddler demanding your attention but we did it and now our baby girl has some newly shaped ears that no longer stick out. If you're not sure about getting EarBuddies for your baby all I can say is what have you got to lose? Thanks."
"Hello, I’m the mother of Carter Gray Johnson and we started the EarBuddies journey when he was 5 weeks old. He had two kinks in his ears from birth, and the results after wearing them for 8 weeks are amazing. After the first week we already noticed a difference. We changed the tapes every week and were amazed at the changes every time we took them off.
Right Ear Before
After 8 Weeks
Left Ear Before
After 8 Weeks
The tapes are really easy to apply once you have done them a few times, and they didn’t bother Carter at all. My health visitor also asked about them when she came to visit us, and was amazed by EarBuddies as she had never heard of them. She also asked me for the EarBuddies website so she could recommend to other Mothers. We are so happy we went through with it. 100% worth every penny. Thank you."
"My Daughter was born with both ears folded down (Rim Kink) and after an intense 3+ hour labor I thought it would fix itself. I heard mixed opinions from hospital and paediatrician office that it would stay or was told it would unfold after some time. My daughter was born January 21, 2018 and after a few weeks of noticing it didn’t get better, perhaps a little worse, I knew my husband and I had to do something especially since she is a female and would want to wear her hair up and accessorize with earrings and I didn’t want to draw attention to the issue one day. My mom actually assisted me with research and found EarBuddies and we are so very fortunate that we found your miracle product!!! Before I purchased the splints I even took my daughter to see a pediatric plastic surgeon who recommended another specialist in Philadelphia that does ear splints. When I called for an appointment they told me they did not see babies after 6 weeks so I was already about a month too late by the time I got the push to try and fix the issue (at first I was OK with leaving as is and praying she would grow out of it).
Left Ear before EarBuddies
I read everything online about EarBuddies and loved the feedback from parents. I ordered the end of April and it shipped super quick. I was able to begin splinting beginning of May and directions were easy to follow and came with all the supplies clearly marked. The first splinting was a little tough but after that it got easier and I learned that the splints needed to be changed when my daughter was asleep so she didn’t move around. I splinted both ears for 12 weeks and would change at every 10-14 days to check progress and clean. The left ear made almost perfect improvement and you cannot notice there was ever an issue.
February - Left Ear before EarBuddies
April - Left Ear before EarBuddies
End of Splintage - 4th August
End of Splintage - 7th August
The right ear made huge improvement and there is still a slight dip in the cartilage that unfortunately couldn’t be corrected but possibly will bend up and get better as her ear grows and hardens more. The wipes that are given to remove tape are miraculous!!! They take the tape off skin/hair without pulling and hurting. I even ordered more wipes and tape midway of splinting and they shipped and delivered less than a week to get to US!!!!
February - Right Ear before EarBuddies
May 4th - Right Ear before EarBuddies
End of Splintage - 4th August
End of Splintage - 7th August
I would highly recommend this product to any parent that ever faced this issue. I’m so mad hospitals and pediatricians aren’t more aware of this and give info to parents, especially the pediatrician office. My pediatrician office was so happy with the results and thought the product was awesome!!!! I’m so happy that I made it through the splinting process and never gave up hope. I feel like me daughter will one day see what we did for her and be so thankful that we took a chance. Huge kudos to EarBuddies for creating the product and making it so easy to use and having such helpful customer service staff to answer inquiries. I’m so happy we found you and took this chance to help our daughter (even though she is perfect in our eyes)!! No regrets at all."
"When my son Connor was born, I noticed that his ears were folded causing the bottom of the ear to curve up (Stick-Out Lobe) and the top of the ear to be pointed. I thought he was a beautiful baby boy, but I was concerned of how his ear shape would appear as he got older. Being a boy, we plan to keep his hair short so his ears will naturally be exposed at all times! I did some research on the internet and discovered the EarBuddies option for early ear correction. I hesitated at first (was I being vain?) but knew that I would regret NOT trying something when he was little and unaware of the situation. We started EarBuddies when he was around 2 months old and after approximately 6 weeks of taping/splinting, we decided we were happy with the results!
Right Ear Before
Splint & Narrow Tapes Fitted
Wide Tapes Fitted
After 6 Weeks
I feel like if he was born with the ears he has now, I would have never thought anything of it. I was amazed at how much the EarBuddies helped in such a short period of time. I have no regrets in buying this product and sparing my son possible teasing in the future!
Left Ear Before
After 6 Weeks
I loved how clearly all the supplies were labeled and how thorough the instructions were. With my son having SO much hair, the electric razor was so handy as well! I am so glad we decided to purchase EarBuddies and I believe it was worth all the money we spent knowing that we spared our son from more invasive treatments in the future.
I have included pictures from our process. We would love for him to be considered for Ear of the Month and hope you also see the great progress his ears have made from start to finish! And here's one last picture of him now at 4 months old with his fancy new ears and hair growing back! Thank you so much EarBuddies!"
At 4 Months Old
"Good morning, my name is Chris. My wife Melody and I were told by the pediatrician at our 1-week appointment (8 days old), to reach out to a local plastic surgeon for their ear splinting procedure called E** W***. We found out this process would be $3,600 USD. To that, I turned to google searching alternatives and also considered not doing anything.
I ran across EarBuddies and presented the idea to my wife. We were hesitant and scared to do anything DIY with our new baby. We are first time parents so the stress level of this decision was quite high. The detailed instructions on the website made us a bit more comfortable. We placed the order and got EarBuddies first placed on his ears at 3.5 weeks old. We kept them on for a full 4 weeks. We are really pleased with the results.
Lop Ear at birth
At 8 days old
Day 1 of EarBuddies
Splint in place
Day 4 of EarBuddies
After 28 days of EarBuddies
You can see from birth to day one of EarBuddies there was some self-correction happening, but with the EarBuddies we were confident in adjusting the "lop" of his ear to a more "corrected" position by splinting. We ended up taping both ears, but only one ear had the lop. Thank you EarBuddies for providing a GREAT solution for this baby boy of ours. We might have cried (out of stress) in placing the splints on the first day, but by the 3rd-4th splinting we felt really comfortable. Thanks again!!"
"We have been so happy with EarBuddies! My baby was born with a very rare ear malformation, an inverted conchal bowl. The conchal bowl was pushed-out rather than cupped-in, resulting in a very narrow ear canal. Beyond the cosmetic appearance, I was worried about future risk of external ear infections due to the extremely narrow canal, and functional difficulties with wearing an ear-bud style headset when my baby was older.
"I was worried about ... functional difficulties with wearing an ear-bud style headset when my baby was older."
I had assumed my baby would one day require an otoplasty. Through internet searches I learned that ear splinting was an option when babies are young, and can help them avoid surgery. I called every otolaryngologist and plastic surgeon in the closest 4 major cities near us, looking for someone who could help us. To my surprise no one performed ear splinting.
I was very lucky to be told about EarBuddies by another mom. I decided I would give it a try, and if it seemed to bother my baby, or if there was lack of results, we would simply stop. After the first week of splinting, when it was time to change the tapes, the results were amazing. My baby's ear looked essentially normal. We kept taping for several more weeks, to ensure the correction would be permanent. The tapes and splint never seemed to bother my baby at all.
At Step 5 of Fitting Guide
End of Splintage (4 Weeks)
4 Months Later
My baby is now 6 months old, and it has been over 4 months since we completed treatment with EarBuddies. The ear still looks fantastic. My baby's pediatrician was amazed, and wanted to learn more about the EarBuddies system. Our plastic surgeon wanted to know where we purchased EarBuddies (from the UK website), so that he could recommend it to other patients. Thank you!"
"When Ted was born I noticed one of his ears was completely flat with no curl at all and the other one was flatter than it should be due to extra cartilage running through his ear. I asked various Midwives and Health Visitors about this and no one knew anything about it. Some told me it would fix itself over time and some said it was just how his ears had formed and nothing could be done about it.
I took Ted to the Doctor and they didn't know anything about it either. So I did some research online and realised that he had Stahl's Bar in both ears. I called the Doctor and explained my discovery and it wasn't something she had ever heard of… However it came to light that a collegue of hers (a fellow Doctor) had, as she had used EarBuddies succesfully on her little boy for the same deformity. This gave us the confidence to buy and fit EarBuddies with the guidance of the Doctor.
Left ear before EarBuddies
After 3 weeks
Ted was just under 2 weeks old when we fitted the EarBuddies. We kept them on for 2 weeks no problem; the plasters did get mucky and I was dying to take them off and wash his ears but we persevered and could see a massive difference after 2 weeks. We were so pleased! We refitted the EarBuddies ourselves again after letting the ears breathe for 24 hours. As I am breastfeeding, we did an extra week.
Right ear before EarBuddies
After 3 weeks
Both ears now have a lovely curl and we are so pleased we discovered EarBuddies in time, as my only concern had been teasing when he was older. The only issue was that no health professional seemed to know anything about either the deformity or the EarBuddies, and we feel more people should be aware of this, especially in the NHS. Thank you EarBuddies."
"At my daughter's 2 month well-check appointment, I mentioned the deformed cartilage on her right ear to her pediatrician. I told her I wouldn't want to do surgery to fix it because it's just cosmetic, but then she told me about a product called EarBuddies they recommend. After the appointment, I went home and researched and noticed it's from the UK. After seeing the price, I tried to find any sort of knock-off products from here in the US because I couldn't believe with all the success stories and how simple the device looked, that nobody had come up with it sooner. There wasn't anything else.
I emailed the pediatrician and told her I was wary of trying it because it looked difficult to fit and I was worried I'd make it worse if I fit it wrong. She told me she's seen a few success stories personally and the surgeons recommend it as an early intervention too. I discussed it with my husband and we decided that the deformity could cause our daughter to have self esteem issues or be teased when she's older and it was worth the risk to try it now, rather than a painful and expensive surgery later in life. If EarBuddies didn't work, we would feel better that we at least tried, than not tried at all.
Well, it's only been 3 weeks so far, we started splinting at 3 months old, and ITS WORKING! When we take off the splint, her ear looks normal! Attached are progression shots of before splinting, 1 week of splinting, and 3 weeks of splinting. The other picture is another angle of before splinting and now at 3 weeks. The instructions are very clear on fitting the splint and gets it easier with time (as easy as it can with a wiggly baby).
Thank you EarBuddies for creating a product that allows children to avoid surgery and self esteem issues later in life! My daughter will be as grateful as we are."
"I would just like to say THANK YOU again for your product. We won the March 2018 Ear of the Month and finished splinting in June 2018. My daughter is now 14 months old and I am constantly looking at how perfect her ear looks. Thank you for saving her possible embarrassment later in life!!!"
"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!"
Erin has since written about her EarBuddies experience on her blog, Poise through the Noise, which you can find here.
Please note this is independent opinion about Erin’s EarBuddies experience. You should always refer to official guidance and instructions on the EarBuddies website when making decisions about the suitability of EarBuddies for your situation, and when fitting EarBuddies.
Update 09/03/19 : "I can’t believe this was one year ago. My baby’s ear is still perfectly holding it’s shape from using an ear mold for a grand total of 8 weeks. This was an amazing solution to my son’s ear deformity that didn’t require surgery. So grateful!"
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
Folded Over Rim
3.5 weeks later
Folded Rim 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
If you have used EarBuddies, we would love to hear from you. The winning story and photos will appear on the EarBuddies Website & Media Channels, and will receive £50 in Amazon vouchers. Runners up will receive £30 in Amazon vouchers.
All you need to do is write a brief outline of your EarBuddies success story, then send it with before and after pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any other photos of your EarBuddies journey, such as fitting pictures, we would love to see them too!
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