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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@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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@jlyndall

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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Very good to hear. Thank you!

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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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Hi, my son also has this.

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@hps18

Hi, my son also has this.

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The drs in my area are not familiar with it. So I decided to do a little research myself. He is 7 and it doesn’t bother him just yet.

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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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Hi, my son is 7. His ear is similar. I too am concerned as there is little information regarding this. But as of now he never had any issues from it. He did have a renal ultrasound done, that came back normal.

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This thread is intriguing me. I wonder if Mozart ear only occurs in males. Has anyone ever met a female with a Mozart ear?

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…gosh how would one know if both ears different , as we cannot see them, will have to have someone take a photo of each and compare! interesting! j.

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@jlyndall

This thread is intriguing me. I wonder if Mozart ear only occurs in males. Has anyone ever met a female with a Mozart ear?

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I have it. Didn’t know I did till I read this! Used to make wearing some headphones very painful, but now I have Bluetooth hearing aids, so all good 😊 – for clarity, I’m female!

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@wiltslass

I have it. Didn’t know I did till I read this! Used to make wearing some headphones very painful, but now I have Bluetooth hearing aids, so all good 😊 – for clarity, I’m female!

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It is so encouraging to learn from other amazing people about such a rare occurrence

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