Protruding ears can make life difficult for those affected, as they’re often teased during childhood and on the receiving end of nicknames like ‘big ears’, Dumbo or ‘taxi-cab ears’. Though the reasons for protruding ears are varied, in many cases this can lead to psychological problems. Yet there is a very gentle surgical procedure that could actually prevent this cycle. The Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist Dr. Hermann Raunig of Spittal, has long been dissatisfied with the results of the previous technique, so has spent the last 15 years developing new modifications. His results are brilliant.