The normal ear lies at an angle of 15 degrees from the head and ears that stand out at a greater angle may be considered to be prominent. In the new born 'bat ears' may be corrected by gentle taping of the ears to the side of the head or the wearing of a 'cradle cap'. If the problem remains uncorrected after infancy, correction may only be achieved by operation. However, as the ears continue to grow until the age of seven years, the operations may not be considered until then.
Surgery for stretched ear lobe holes is commonly done under local anaesthesia.