A famous body modification artist cut out a client’s inner ear in “conch removal” surgery.
Sonchai Maiber, from Calm Body Modification in Stockholm, Sweden, said on Facebook on Friday (local time) he was “truly humbled” to work on client Charles V. Bentley who travelled from Australia to have the procedure.
“To get some facts straight note that this procedure doesn’t make you deaf,” Mr Maiber said under two photos of Mr Bentley’s modified ears.
“It might impair your ability to hear the direction of sound for the first week or two until your mind has adjusted to your new ears.
“Hearing from behind will in fact improve. Our ears don’t ‘catch’ sound as it did aeons of years ago when our ears were bigger hence why we have to create a bigger ‘ear’ by cupping our hand around our ear to hear better.”
Mr Maiber was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Yahoo.
At the time of publication, his photo was shared 15,000 times and has resulted in memes and puns.
“Unfortunately, that is ear-reversable,” one person said.
But professionals challenged Mr Maiber’s physiological claims.
“Just as a concerned audiologist …….. literally every comment of yours regarding his hearing is WRONG. All of it. Completely incorrect,” one professional said.
“I have been a nurse almost 30 years so I have a lot to say about this but I am gonna leave it at those are the most amazingly perfect sutures that I have EVER seen. You should take up quilting or black market liver sales,” another person wrote.
“Audiologist here. You may hear better from behind but you will have far more difficulty knowing whether a sound is in fact behind or in front of you. Plus a bunch of other stuff you said is wrong but that’s a big one,” a fourth person said.
Toronto audiologist Maryam Ghaderi told CTVNews.ca:” If you have that part missing, I would guess a bit of your hearing would be affected — probably your sense of localising sound.”
“To say how much in terms of a percentage of hearing loss is hard to say.”
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