Face Facts


  • Two billion people in the world do not have access to surgery.

  • The world’s poorest third only receive 3.5% of all surgeries.

  • There are more than 95 million children living with a disability.

  • 1 in 500 children born worldwide are born with a congenital birth anomaly.

  • 1 to 2 of every 1000 babies born in the U.S. will have a craniofacial disorder.

Microtia Atresia

  • Microtia is an ear deformity that occurs one in every 6,000-12,000 births.

  • Atresia means no ear canal.

  • Microtia and Atresia usually occur together.

  • Microtia occurs more often in boys than girls.

  • Children with microtia and atresia usually have severe hearing loss on the affected ear.

  • Although there is hearing loss in children with microtia, the inner ears on both sides are usually normal.

  • There are various options to help the hearing status on children with microtia and atresia.

  • A bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) is an option to ear canal surgery to improve the hearing.

  • Microtia can cause problems with self-esteem, so early intervention is highly recommended.

  • Parents with microtia tend to have guilt over their child’s condition.  It is not the parent’s fault!

  • It is important to see a Genetics specialist in order to evaluate family history.

  • It is felt that microtia may be caused by ischemia or decreased blood flow during development.

  • The kidneys develop about the same time as the ears, so evaluation is commonly done prior to leaving the hospital.

  • Intermittent hearing evaluations should occur in children with microtia.

  • Out of 6.8 billion people living in our world today, approximately 755 million are born with some degree of Microtia.

    • Approximately 34,000 people in the United

    • Approximately a little less than 7,000 people in the United Kingdom

    • Approximately a little less than 2,500 people in Australia

  • About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears.

  • More than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents.

  • One in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations.

  • As of December 2012, approximately 324,200 people worldwide have received cochlear implants. In the United States, roughly 58,000 adults and 38,000 children have received them.

Cleft Palates

  • Every three minutes, a baby is born with a cleft palate.