A body modification artist is getting an earful of criticism after he shared photographs of a “conch removal” surgery, which he performed by cutting out a client’s inner ear, creating a window-like effect.
Sonchai Maiber of Calm Body Modification in Stockholm, Sweden said his client Charles V. Bentley traveled from Australia for the procedure.
“To get some facts straight note that this procedure doesn’t make you deaf,” he wrote.
“It might impair your ability to hear the direction of sound for the first week or two until your mind has adjusted to your new ears. Hearing from behind will in fact improve. Our ears don’t ‘catch’ sound as it did eons of years ago when our ears were bigger hence why we have to create a bigger ‘ear’ by cupping our hand around our ear to hear better.”
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Audiologists and average Joes (and Janes) weighed in, though the reactions to the procedure have been mixed.
It’s evident some just came for the jokes, though.
Maryam Ghaderi, head of audiology at Toronto-area hearing centre House of Hearing, says the conch and outer ear are responsible for collecting sound and are key to how well we actually hear.
“If you have that part missing, I would guess a bit of your hearing would be affected—probably your sense of localizing sound,” Ghaderi told CTVNews.ca.
“To say how much in terms of a percentage of hearing loss is hard to say.”
This is a hard NO in our book.