Microtia is a condition that involves having an absent or small ear. It only occurs in about one of every 10,000 births. Dr. John Reinisch is one of the world's foremost microtia specialists.View transcript
My name is John Reinisch. I'm a microtia surgeon in Los Angeles, California. I have probably the largest microtia practice in the world. Microtia is defined as being an absent or small ear. It is uncommon. It occurs in about 1 in 10,000 births, slightly more in certain areas and slightly less in other areas of the world. It is usually one-sided. It is almost always associated with an absent or very small abnormal ear canal. This causes what we call a conductive hearing loss. It is usually not associated with kidney or heart problems, and you should know that early correction before school age even at age 3 or 4 can be done painlessly as an outpatient procedure.