Philip Segal

“To me it’s perfect”

A ground-breaking initiative at the Trust has seen a patient fitted with an artificial ear without having to undergo any surgical intervention.

Philip Segal from Salford was diagnosed with Merkel cell carcinoma in 2012. This is a very rare disease in which malignant cells form in the skin. Mr Segal had to undergo the surgical removal of the tumour resulting in the loss of the lower part of his ear.

As well as creating a cosmetic issue, it also meant that Mr Segal had difficulty wearing his hearing aid as it would not sit securely in his ear. Staff from North Manchester General Hospital therefore came up with an ingenious idea of creating a non surgical means of attaching Mr Segal’s hearing aid to a prosthetic pinna which makes the prosthetic look like a natural part of the ear when the hearing aid is being worn.

Mr Segal has been wearing his artificial ear since October 2013 and is extremely happy with the device. He said: “I had the carcinoma removed from my ear about four years ago at North Manchester General Hospital.

“I am very happy with the prosthetic. Originally I was never bothered about the appearance of my ear after surgery; I was more concerned with the consequences of my condition as I believed it to be untreatable.

“The prosthetic was suggested by the surgeon who dealt with my amputation, however I was not prepared to undergo further surgery. I am glad I got the artificial ear; I feel that Alan Fogg in the maxillofacial department and Rob Ronson from audiology at the Trust went to great lengths to create it and devise a means of fixing it in place using my hearing aid.

“The hearing aid is more secure than it previously was and no further surgery was required. To me it’s perfect.”