There is a one in three chance that a baby may be born with ear deformities. Majority of these are ear deformations, where the ear is misshapen, but there is no shortage of skin or cartilage. Ear malformations are more severe forms of deformities where there is a deficiency in the ear skin and cartilage, and this makes corrective surgery more complex. Children with ear malformations are more likely to have hearing impairment, as opposed to ear deformations where hearing loss is unlikely. Studies have shown that children with ear deformities are more likely to suffer from psychosocial difficulties compared to children without ear differences.