Congratulations to Dr. Scott Bartlett
inventor of InfantEar for being chosen as 2023 Clinician of the Year by the American Association of Plastic Surgeons!

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Parents

Will this ear mold hurt my child?

Ear molding does not hurt your child. The device is made of soft, moldable materials designed for minimal irritation and no pain.

Is InfantEar™ Safe for my baby?

InfantEar is made of safe, biocompatible materials in a single-use, disposable kit to minimize cross-contamination for your baby

How long will the device remain on my baby?

The InfantEar molding device will stay on your child for 2-3 weeks if started in the first two weeks of life.

Will one 2-3 week molding period be enough?

If your child is 2 weeks or younger, most likely they will only need to have the device on for 2-3 weeks. However, if the child is a little older, it may require additional molding of 2 or more weeks.

Can we bathe our baby with the ear mold in place?

We recommend that you do not get the ear molding device wet.  You can wash around the device.  When feeding your baby, avoid formula and breast milk from dripping down into the device. If it does get wet, it may loosen, come off, or the skin may become irritated (similar to a diaper rash).

Why do you need to put on the silicone gel?

The gel has two main functions – it  customizes and consolidates the device. It makes the structure more stable and secure, plus it also unites all of the pieces so if the device were to become dislodged, there are no loose pieces that a baby can choke on.

Will the silicone gel get into my baby’s ear canal and decrease his/her hearing?

No. The gel is placed around the device pieces and the folds of the ear, but not in the ear canal itself.  There are no concerns about the device limiting hearing function.

Do you have to shave the hair behind the ear?

Yes, but we only need to trim the hair above and right behind the ear to ensure a secure fit of the adhesive base plate.

Will insurance cover this?

In most instances yes, insurance will cover this procedure, but you need to check with your individual insurance carrier to determine if they will cover this expense.

Do we have to wear the beanie at all times?

Yes, we recommend that your baby wear the beanie for the duration of the treatment.  The beanie is meant to protect the device.

FAQs for Doctors

How is the product supplied?

Each kit contains all the components needed to treat one ear. Please specify Left or Right when ordering.

Does the device need to be changed during the treatment period?

No, In most cases a single application of the device is all that is needed when treated within the first 2 weeks of birth. If the device is accidentally dislodged, a new device may need to be applied.

How can I check progress of the treatment?

The silicone gel matrix is transparent and the position of the ear and the InfantEar components can be checked as often as desired during the treatment period.

Is removal difficult or painful?

No, the silicone gel matrix is not an adhesive and can be easily removed from the skin. An adhesive remover wipe is also provided to facilitate the removal of the base plate.