EarWell NJ- Newborn Ear Molding

EarWell and EarBuddy Newborn Ear Correction

Does your baby have an ear deformity? Dr. Carniol treated nearly 100 ears last year!

Are you interested in helping your baby achieve more normal ear contours?

Newborn and Infant Ear Deformities can be complicated, especially if they are not corrected early. Your beautiful baby is growing and your life has changed forever. However, the ear fold or other deformity likely will not improve without treatment. While about 25% of babies will have an ear deformity, 70% will not improve over time or even worsen.

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Patient of Dr. Eric Carniol. EarWell started at 6 weeks of age with still excellent improvement!

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Why is ear molding an “emergency?”

During the first month of life, the baby ear cartilage is very flexible. First, the newborn ear is growing fast. Over the first month, your baby’s hormones change. In turn, the ear cartilage begins to stiffen.  Therefore, the window for excellent results is quite narrow. Ear molding is best done early (even in the first week of life). Dr. Carniol has been successful at achieving some improvements even in patients later in life. However, the goals of the procedure are less. For an urgent appointment under insurance, call our office today at 908-598-1400.

What happens if the ear deformity is not corrected?

Since 70% of deformities will either not improve or worsen over time, your child will continue to live with this deformed ear. Prominent ears and other ear deformities are common causes of bullying for young children. These deformities can be corrected with surgery (known as Otoplasty), which requires general anesthesia, starting at the age of 4. Adults with ear deformities may remain self-conscious about their ears and desire surgery later in life.

Is ear molding covered under insurance?

Many insurance plans will cover part or the entire cost of the procedure. Dr. Carniol’s staff will work diligently with your insurance company to obtain approval. For other insurance plans, Dr. Carniol will provide you with all paperwork to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Some more milder deformities may not be covered under insurance and Dr. Eric Carniol, along with the excellent staff will guide you each step through the process.

Newborn Ear Taping treatment
Dr. Carniol used ear taping for this particular patient with excellent improvement in the rim contour!

Does Dr. Carniol use InfantEar or EarBuddies?

Dr. Carniol has extensive experience with EarWell, EarBuddies, and InfantEar. In 2022, Dr. Eric Carniol treated nearly 100 ears for newborn ear deformity. and was the #1 provider for EarWell in New Jersey. Dr. Carniol will examine your baby’s ears and discuss treatment options and benefits of each option.

Why EarBuddies vs EarWell?

EarBuddies is a smaller ear molding device than the EarWell. It is excellent at certain, typically more mild, deformities of the ears. However, it is not as comprehensive as the EarWell. For this reason, EarBuddies (EarBuddy) is a cosmetic procedure and is therefore out-of-pocket.

How Do I Schedule Our Appointment?

Call us at 908-598-1400 or use our online form request a consultation to see Dr. Eric Carniol. Since the best results come when EarWell is started earlier, our staff will work to fit you in as soon as possible in order to get the best results.

For patients in the Summit, Chatham, Westfield, Cranford, Springfield, Warren, Watchung, Livingston, Millburn, Short Hills area, we are a short drive away in the Medical Arts Building attached to Overlook Hospital. Dr. Carniol treats patients for newborn ear deformity from all over the state! He has had patients drive from Atlantic City and Ocean County, to the northern border of NJ and even into Pennsylvania!

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