Mozart ear

Posted by mozartear @mozartear, Jan 7, 2021

I realized when I was a kid that my right ear is a bit odd, but only recently did I learn that the famous composer Mozart had an ear deformity that looks extremely similar to my own. I read that this particular deformity was named Mozart Ear and it seems to be extremely rare, so there's not much information on it. I was hoping someone might know if this is the same "condition" that I have. Picture of my own ear along with Mozart's ear provided for reference.

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Hello @mozartear and welcome to Mayo Connect. You have posted a very interesting question about your ear abnormality.

As I have not heard about this before I did a little research and found an article on the NIH website which you may find interesting, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/6968802/.

I hope that others who have experienced this will share their thoughts with you. While we wait for other members to post about this, I'm wondering if your hearing is different in the Mozart Ear or if there is any discomfort on that side?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @mozartear and welcome to Mayo Connect. You have posted a very interesting question about your ear abnormality.

As I have not heard about this before I did a little research and found an article on the NIH website which you may find interesting, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/6968802/.

I hope that others who have experienced this will share their thoughts with you. While we wait for other members to post about this, I'm wondering if your hearing is different in the Mozart Ear or if there is any discomfort on that side?

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Hi thanks for your response! I think my hearing is the same in both ears and there's no discomfort.

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@mozartear-you say you don’t have hearing problems or issues and you’ve had this since you were a kid? I’m just curious as to what made you now just start thinking about this? This would obviously be a cosmetic observation? I would be grateful you have two ears that provide you with proper hearing. There are many cosmetic websites where you can ask plastic surgeons. I’m sure they would be well equipt to respond with knowledge about it. Yet then you probably have them offering plastic surgery.

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@nrd1

@mozartear-you say you don’t have hearing problems or issues and you’ve had this since you were a kid? I’m just curious as to what made you now just start thinking about this? This would obviously be a cosmetic observation? I would be grateful you have two ears that provide you with proper hearing. There are many cosmetic websites where you can ask plastic surgeons. I’m sure they would be well equipt to respond with knowledge about it. Yet then you probably have them offering plastic surgery.

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I'm not considering cosmetic surgery, I was moreso just curious if there was a name for it.

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@mozartear

I'm not considering cosmetic surgery, I was moreso just curious if there was a name for it.

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@mozartear-I understand. I was just saying that if this isn’t a condition in which requires medical therapy/treatment and is more of aesthetic question, that perhaps if you don’t get responses here, that I’m almost positive plastic surgeons would know what this is.

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@mozartear

I'm not considering cosmetic surgery, I was moreso just curious if there was a name for it.

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@mozartear Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support.

Below I have linked an article an article related to Mozart Ear.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21587051/

May I ask if you have met anyone else with Mozart Ear?

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My son has a Mozart ear also! He is perfect hearing and of our whole family appears to be the most musically inclined with it so we have not looked for any intervention. I do find it intriguing though. His pediatrician credits it to being a cranio-facial abnormality but I think it's pretty neat. My son also had tongue ties and lip ties. Did you have any other unusual traits that accompany your awesome ear?

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@jlyndall

My son has a Mozart ear also! He is perfect hearing and of our whole family appears to be the most musically inclined with it so we have not looked for any intervention. I do find it intriguing though. His pediatrician credits it to being a cranio-facial abnormality but I think it's pretty neat. My son also had tongue ties and lip ties. Did you have any other unusual traits that accompany your awesome ear?

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Here is his right ear for comparison

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Hello! I’ve been doing research on Mozart ear for the last 5 months as my son was born with the ear deformity. He is a twin and his sister was not born with any ear deformities. He was in fact born with a severe tongue tie and has a lip tie as well. We visited the ENT and were told his canal was normal and his hearing is also normal. However, we were warned that he may be at risk of ear infections or potential hearing loss in the future? Our insurance denied molding to be done so now we just sit and wait and cross our fingers that it doesn’t cause problems. I did read that there is a possible link between ear deformities and renal issues. I don’t have any suspicion of that but yes, it does make me concerned for the future. Any input from others would be helpful as there’s such limited information available!

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@sbussnick

Hello! I’ve been doing research on Mozart ear for the last 5 months as my son was born with the ear deformity. He is a twin and his sister was not born with any ear deformities. He was in fact born with a severe tongue tie and has a lip tie as well. We visited the ENT and were told his canal was normal and his hearing is also normal. However, we were warned that he may be at risk of ear infections or potential hearing loss in the future? Our insurance denied molding to be done so now we just sit and wait and cross our fingers that it doesn’t cause problems. I did read that there is a possible link between ear deformities and renal issues. I don’t have any suspicion of that but yes, it does make me concerned for the future. Any input from others would be helpful as there’s such limited information available!

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Never hesitate to appeal any insurance company's first response. I've seen two friends win on appeal with a few doctors' opinion, excellent medical records with all relevant data…and a demonstrated determination to re-appeal if necessary. The easiest first decision is 'no' for anything out of the ordinary. And that usually comes from lower levels in the corporate hierarchy. Appeals get handled by people with authority and ability to make more nuanced decisions. Best wishes for your and sweet little boy!

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@sbussnick

Hello! I’ve been doing research on Mozart ear for the last 5 months as my son was born with the ear deformity. He is a twin and his sister was not born with any ear deformities. He was in fact born with a severe tongue tie and has a lip tie as well. We visited the ENT and were told his canal was normal and his hearing is also normal. However, we were warned that he may be at risk of ear infections or potential hearing loss in the future? Our insurance denied molding to be done so now we just sit and wait and cross our fingers that it doesn’t cause problems. I did read that there is a possible link between ear deformities and renal issues. I don’t have any suspicion of that but yes, it does make me concerned for the future. Any input from others would be helpful as there’s such limited information available!

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@sbussnick, he's adorable. Congratulations on the twins.
It's uncanning how similar your son is to @jlyndall's son. I can imagine that you're worried about the future and want to monitor your son's health closely. Preventative medicine is good medicine. You might find this article helpful to know what to look out for:
– Earlier Is Better to Catch Hearing Loss https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=earlier-is-better-to-catch-hearing-loss-1-1722

I'm sure there are many other article online too. I agree with @callalloo that you can appeal your insurance company's first response.

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@sbussnick

Hello! I’ve been doing research on Mozart ear for the last 5 months as my son was born with the ear deformity. He is a twin and his sister was not born with any ear deformities. He was in fact born with a severe tongue tie and has a lip tie as well. We visited the ENT and were told his canal was normal and his hearing is also normal. However, we were warned that he may be at risk of ear infections or potential hearing loss in the future? Our insurance denied molding to be done so now we just sit and wait and cross our fingers that it doesn’t cause problems. I did read that there is a possible link between ear deformities and renal issues. I don’t have any suspicion of that but yes, it does make me concerned for the future. Any input from others would be helpful as there’s such limited information available!

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My son has a very similar ear but as of 4 years old he has perfect hearing and never had an ear infection in that ear. So far so good even though several Dr's have had discouraging predictions in the beginning.

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