Children born with ear deformities could soon receive a prosthetic ear for less than the cost of a pair of glasses, thanks to new technology developed in Australia. Researchers from Queensland University of Technology are using 3D printing to make prosthetic ears to help prevent hearing loss for children born with Microtia, a congenital deformity where the external ear is underdeveloped. Currently the ears are made in medical silicone, but the ultimate goal is to print the ears using the child’s own cells.
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