Congenital Ear Center (CEC)

The Congenital Ear Center (CEC) is a comprehensive center of excellence for diagnosing and treating children born with ear conditions.

Ear Conditions We Treat

We offer care — from birth to 21 years of age — for those who have certain ear conditions including:

  • Microtia — very small or missing ear.
  • Malformed ears — cup ears or lop ears.
  • Excessively large ears.
  • Protruding ears.
  • Congenital aural atresia — missing ear canal with hearing loss.
  • External auditory canal stenosis — very narrow ear canal.
  • Missing portions of ear from injuries.

Learn about our treatment options for congenital ear problems.

Referral Requirements for the Congenital Ear Center

The Congenital Ear Center is available to your child, referring physicians, and surgeons who may request diagnoses, second opinions, treatment plans, and definitive treatment.

If your child is enrolled in a managed care insurance plan, we may require authorization from the insurance provider and primary care physician. All necessary referral and authorization forms must be received before your child's visit. For accurate provider numbers or more information, please call the office number listed.

To make a referral or to schedule an appointment in the Congenital Ear Center at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, call 412-692-5460.



  • Congenital Ear Center

    UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 3
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
  • Children's North

    2599 Wexford Bayne Rd.
    Sewickley, PA 15143 United States