The clinic has a database of all patients with Microtia to ensure nobody is lost to follow up and all of the appropriate available services are provided.
While the clinic only sees patients with Hearing loss, for those patients with Microtia or other ear anomalies and no hearing loss we are happy to see in rooms.
The psychological effects of Microtia on the child and the family can be profound.
It is the intention of this website and the Microtia clinic to specifically address the psychological affects of Microtia by providing information and addressing the psychology of the child. We work closely with Social work and child psychologists and psychiatrists if required, to offer support and management of children with Microtia. Your child will have a different psychological affect from Microtia depending upon many different factors. These include your cultural attitudes toward children with a different appearance, your knowledge of Microtia, your child’s age, personality, gender and the severity of the Microtia. The response from other children in particular teasing is also an issue.
Research and experience demonstrates that a parents approach to Microtia is the strongest factor in the ability to create and maintain confidence and a strong self-image for your child. We are here to help with this aspect through education and empowerment in knowledge. At the recent congress in Paris there are ongoing studies investigating the psychology of Microtia and the best possible management. We will ensure we are abreast of any new developments.
Children will become self aware of their appearance compared to others around 2-3 years of age. It is at this age also that other children will notice the difference and begin to ask questions, stare and even begin to tease.
A positive network of support from immediate family, extended family, teachers and friends will help your child successfully deal with Microtia. It is important for your child to ask questions about Microtia and involve them with the management. The Microtia clinic is here to help. It is also just as important to remember that Microtia is just one aspect of your child and you should raise them as you would another. This will ensure they can overcome any psychological and social difficulties from peers.
Our aims are to give you the best information and knowledge and empower you to understand the timing of the surgery. A costal cartilage reconstruction cannot occur prior to the age of 8 and at this stage the child can be involved with the decision making process which empowers them. If your child has no apparent concern or self-consciousness about Microtia, and is progressing well academically and socially, there may be no need for early ear reconstruction until there teens.
Suite 5, Level 2, 66 Pacific Highway
St Leonards NSW 2065
Tel: (02) 9439 8534
Cnr Hawkesbury Rd & Hainsworth St,
Tel: (02) 9845 2139
St Leonards, NSW 2065
Tel: (02) 9926 7111