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Asymmetry of the ears
Understanding ear related symptoms and features.
Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.
The ear is a part of the auditory system of the body. The auditory system includes the ear itself and its parts: the inner, middle and outer ear.
Symptoms affecting the ears may be congenital, present at birth, or they may develop later in life. Sometimes surgery may be an option to correct them.
Symptoms relating to the ears may affect their structure and function including their ability to hear, other times they may simply affect the shape or appearance of the ear without any impact.
What is Asymmetry of the ears?
Asymmetry of the ears refers to when the left and right ears are different, in some way. They may be different in terms of their size, one is bigger or smaller than the other, in terms of their shape (they may be of different shapes, and in terms of their positioning on the side of the face) one may be higher or lower, or more prominent than the other.
What should I do next?
In some instances, asymmetry of the ears may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.
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