Can My Ears Be Lifted Higher On The Side Of My Head?

Q: Dr. Eppley, a problem of mine is when my hair covers the top half of my ear, i look horrible. When i move my ear up with my finger it looks better, or i cut the hair around my ear to always show the top half, otherwise it looks strange. Can you move the ear cartilige up by pinning it?  I think it looks better that way, Thanks. 

A: Unfortunately the ear has a fixed position on the side of the head by virtue of the external auditory canal which enters the skull bone. As a result the ear can not be moved vertically up or down. I have tried numerous techniques to achieve a vertical ear repositoning effect but none have been successful to date.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana