Prominent ear, or bat ear, is an abnormally protruding human ear. It may be unilateral or bilateral. Protruding ears in children can often lead to a child being teased at school. It is due to a defect in part of the cartilage (gristle) of the ear, and one or both ears can be affected. Surgical correction can be carried out by a plastic surgeon, if the patient wishes, but not usually before the age of approximately six years, because by this stage the cartilage in the ear is more mature.
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