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Microtia Awareness Day

Join us in spreading awareness for Microtia on this special day, honoring those born with a small ear and showing support for research and resources!
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November 9
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Introduction

Let's join together to spread awareness and support for those with Microtia on November 9, also known as Microtia Awareness Day! This day was established in 2015 to bring attention to a rare congenital condition where the outer ear is underdeveloped or absent. It affects approximately 1 out of every 6,000-12,000 births and can have various impacts on individuals' lives. But despite its challenges, those with Microtia continue to inspire others with their resilience and determination. So let's use this day to educate ourselves and others about this condition and show our love and support for those affected by it.

History of Microtia Awareness Day

Microtia Awareness Day Dates

Microtia Awareness Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1977</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Reconstructive Surgery Introduction</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first major surgical procedures for the reconstruction of Microtia were introduced, giving patients hope for more aesthetically pleasing and functional ears.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Earicles Charity Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>Earicles – Miracles For Ears, a non-profit organization, was founded to help families and individuals affected by Microtia and Aural Atresia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>3D Printing Innovations</div><div class='timeline-text'>Advancements in medical technology lead to the use of 3D printing to construct prosthetic ears, providing a new form of treatment for Microtia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Microtia Awareness Day Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first ever Microtia Awareness Day was established in the U.S. to raise awareness about this rare congenital condition.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>Microtia Awareness Day started to be recognized globally, leading to widespread awareness and support for people affected by Microtia.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Microtia Awareness Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Wear a blue ribbon</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your support for Microtia Awareness Day by wearing a blue ribbon. This small gesture can help raise awareness and start conversations about the condition.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a fundraiser</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and organize a fundraiser to raise money for organizations that support individuals with microtia. This can be anything from a bake sale to a charity auction.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you or someone you know has microtia, share your story on social media to help educate others about the condition and show support for those affected by it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a conference or event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many organizations hold conferences and events on Microtia Awareness Day to bring together individuals and families affected by the condition. Attend one to learn more and connect with others.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself and others</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to learn more about microtia and share your knowledge with others. This can help break stigmas and promote understanding and acceptance.</p></div></div>

Why Microtia Awareness Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness for a rare condition</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Microtia is a congenital condition where the external ear does not fully develop, affecting approximately 1 in every 6,000-12,000 babies born. Although it is relatively common, many people are still not aware of microtia and its impact on those affected by it. Microtia Awareness Day helps bring attention to this condition and educate others about it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It provides support for those living with microtia</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>For individuals born with microtia, it can be an isolating experience. But events and campaigns surrounding Microtia Awareness Day help connect these individuals with one another, providing a sense of community and support that can make all the difference in their lives.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes inclusivity and acceptance</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Microtia Awareness Day encourages society to recognize and accept people with microtia as equal members of the community. By creating a dialogue and spreading awareness, we can break down stereotypes and stigma surrounding this condition, and promote a more inclusive and understanding society.</p></div></div>

5 Enlightening Facts for Microtia Awareness Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Microtia Can Occur in combination with other Syndromes</h3><p class='facts-content'>Microtia is often associated with conditions such as Treacher Collins syndrome and Hemifacial microsomia, adding to the complexity of managing these syndromes.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are Four Grades of Microtia</h3><p class='facts-content'>Microtia is categorized into four grades, from Grade I with a smaller but identifiable outer ear, to Grade IV where the entire outer ear structure is missing (anotia).</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Microtia Often Affects One Ear</h3><p class='facts-content'>Around 90% of Microtia cases affect only one ear. When both ears are affected, it's usually associated with a syndrome.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Microtia Occurs More Frequently in Males and in Certain Populations</h3><p class='facts-content'>Though it can happen anywhere, Microtia appears to occur more often in males and is reported at higher rates in certain populations, including Hispanics, Asians, Natives of Andean South America, and the Navajo of North America.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Treatment Options for Microtia are Diverse</h3><p class='facts-content'>Treatment can range from surgical options like rib cartilage ear reconstruction and Medpor ear reconstruction; non-surgical interventions such as prosthetic ears; or some patients choose no treatment at all.</p></div></div>

Microtia Awareness Day FAQs

When is Microtia Awareness Day?

Microtia Awareness Day is celebrated on November 9 every year. In 2024, Microtia Awareness Day will occur on a Saturday.

Microtia Awareness Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Nov 9

Thursday

2024

Nov 9

Saturday

2025

Nov 9

Sunday

2026

Nov 9

Monday

2027

Nov 9

Tuesday

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