National Microtia Awareness Day 2019 – 9th November
by MedPlus Team, November 9, 2019
Aim of the Day:
November 9 is marked as National Microtia Awareness Day. The day aims to extend hope and awareness concerning birth defect that derives its name “Microtia” from the Latin term which means – the small ear. This is a birth defect that affects around 1 in 9000 babies during birth. It is the appearance of one or both of the ears (outer parts) – they are marked by a small or an abnormally shaped ear; or almost no shape of the ear at all. At times, Microtia co-exists with Atresia (absence or abnormal narrowing of the opening/passage of the ear) and therefore, it results in hearing the loss in the affected ear(s).
National Microtia Awareness day aims to educate the public about this rare condition and facilitate support to families who are affected by these birth defects. A medical professional can give support and quickly educate or reassure the patient or the patient’s family member(s). But in remote areas or other regions, this rare condition may lead to unnecessary concerns about their child’s future – one of the leading reasons being the absence of reliable medical assistance.
The National Microtia Awareness Day was founded by Melissa Tumblin in 2016. Melissa also founded the ear community in 2010 to give information, support, and resources for all those affected with Microtia.
All you need to do is, create awareness and reduce the stigma associated with Microtia and Atresia. People with it can lead a better life with advanced medical technologies or treatments available for children – such as ear reconstruction and prosthetics. Hearing loss in the affected ear can be fixed with bone conduction hearing devices. This is how parents who have children affected with Microtia have many resources and support which are now available readily through enhanced technology and awareness.
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