Thirty year old Indian from Dausa in Rajasthan suffers from the rarest of rare birth defects, born “without ears,” but he can still hear and talk as his internal ear appears to be normal.
“Of course, a human being without pinnae (external ears) and hole can hear if his middle and internal organs are fit. Such patient listens through bone conduction of skull but the quality of voice heard might not be clear because there is absence of air conduction,” said Dr. Neeraj Kasliwal, an ENT surgeon at Fortis Hospital, Jaipur, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI).
According to Kasliwal, a new implant Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) can help Daulatram Jangid to improve his hearing ability, while plastic surgery can give him artificial external ears.
“I have this defect by birth and have no external pinnae nor any hole,” said Jangid in the PTI report.
Jangid who helps his brother in carpentry said his defect was very traumatizing in childhood and children in the school always made fun of him. He said that because of the defect he also couldn’t get married.