November 9th is dedicated to spreading hope and knowledge around a congenital birth defect, Microtia, which occurs when the ear has not been fully developed in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Often affecting one or both ears, Microtia is diagnosed at birth, but there is no understanding as to why it occurs. A Microtia ear is smaller in size, can have a peanut shaped appearance, and is often accompanied by Atresia. Atresia, also known as aural atresia, is the absence or closure of the external auditory ear canal.
At Oticon Medical, we’re proud to say that our Bone Anchored Hearing System (BAHS) has helped people affected by Microtia and Atresia. As we celebrate the second annual Microtia Awareness Day today, we hope to promote public awareness and hope for future generations.
To learn more about Microtia and Atresia and explore helpful resources please visit the Ear Community.
I LOVE this so much! Thank you SO MUCH for all that you do Oticon Medical, for children and adults with hearing loss and Microtia, everywhere! I am so happy seeing the fun and the excitement behind our special awareness day, being celebrated in your office with everyone. Thank you so much for wanting to help raise awareness on National Microtia Awareness Day! Thank you also for being such an amazing sponsor to Ear Community and for helping educate Microtia and Atresia families all over the world about Ponto 3 Superpower! Thank you for everything that all of you put into making today so special for your office, everyone who is a part of Ear Community and for me and Ally! Ally wore her Microtia blue soft band head band today, along with her blue earrings, and we enjoyed some cup cakes too! Happy National Microtia Awareness Day!!! – Melissa and Ally, Ear Community