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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 on hearing.
What is a protruding ear?
It is an ear that protrudes or sticks out from the head more than 2cm. It does not lead to any problems with the functioning of the ear, and hearing is normal.
It is usually caused by an underdeveloped antihelical fold (a part of the outer ear) which in turn causes the outer part of the ear, the helix, to stick out or protrude.
Surgery may be performed to correct the ears.
What should I do next?
In some instances a protruding ear 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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