Words byÂ Elise SolÃ©.Â
A famous body modification artist cut out a clientâ€™s inner ear in â€œconch removalâ€ surgery, for aesthetics.
SonchaiÂ Maiber ofÂ Calm Body Modification in Stockholm, Sweden said on Facebook Friday that he was â€œtruly humbledâ€ to work on client Charles V. Bentley who traveled from Australia to have the procedure.
â€œTo get some facts straight note that this procedure doesnâ€™t make you deaf,â€ wrote MaiberÂ under two photos of Bentleyâ€™s modified ears.
â€œIt 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.
â€œOur ears donâ€™t â€˜catchâ€™ sound as it did eons of years ago when our ears were bigger hence why we have to create a bigger â€˜earâ€™ by cupping our hand around our ear to hear better.â€Â
Maiber was not immediately available for comment when asked by Yahoo. His photo with 6.4 reactions, 34K comments, and 15K shares resulted in memes and puns.
â€œUnfortunately, that is ear-reversable,â€ joked someone.Â
But professionals challengedÂ Maiberâ€™sÂ physiological claims.Â
- â€œJust as a concerned audiologistâ€¦â€¦..literally every comment of yours regarding his hearing is WRONG. All of it. Completely incorrect.â€
- â€œI 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.â€
- â€œAudiologist here.Â 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 thatâ€™s a big oneâ€¦â€
Toronto audiologistÂ Maryam Ghaderi toldÂ CTVNews.ca, â€œIf you have that part missing, I would guess a bit of your hearing would be affectedâ€”probably your sense of localising sound. To say how much in terms of a percentage of hearing loss is hard to say.â€