Doctors are not only helping people with ear deformities, but actually creating a new ear.
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Crafting New Ears for People with Deformities Melissa Medalie: Mark Andrews is the chicken man. He’s a comic and drives them to shows in his van which serves as a hotel on tour. Mark was born with a congenital ear deformity. He had no ear and no outer ear canal. Mark Andrews: Well, you’re missing out on that side and that things that you take for granted. Melissa Medalie: He turned to Duke University Doctor David Kaylie for help. Dr. David Kaylie: It really is the only sense that can be lost and restored. Melissa Medalie: Dr. Kaylie built a new ear canal then drilled titanium screws into the side and base of Mark’s skull to anchor up permanent ear. Over three months, Mark’s skull grew into and through those screws. Mark Andrews: Then it’s supposed to be in parallel. Melissa Medalie: Anaplastologist Jay McClennen took over next. You’ve seen his work before. He did the make-up on X-Men and other films. He crafted a rubber ear to snap onto those titanium posts next to Mark’s new hearing aid. Mark and his doctors are proud of his before and after shots. Dr. David Kaylie: He can hear from that side for the first time in his life as well as having a normal looking ear. Mark Andrews: This is a big, big thing for me. Melissa Medalie: Now that the chicken man looks and hears like everyone else, he’ll go back on the road to catch the chuckling and clucking he’s been missing. Mark Andrews: Once you come on this side then you really know what you really miss. Melissa Medalie: I’m Melissa Medalie reporting.