Children with microtia do not hear well and have ears that may look abnormal. The outer, visible portion of the ear (the pinna or auricle) is underdeveloped. The result can be an ear that looks otherwise normal, but is too small. There can also be a miniature ear that is folded and joined to the side of the head, with bits of skin attached where the ears would normally be, or skin tags on the cheek.
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