Body modification trend soars to new heights as man has inside of his ears removed
Some people to choose to modify their bodies as a form of self-expression, to show their affiliation with a tribe or to shock the hell out of you, old geezer! These procedures include tattoos, body piercings, neck rings, ear gauges and subdermal implants - planting a silicone design underneath the skin. We've seen people split their tongues like snakes, plant horns in their foreheads and even tattoo their eyeballs, at the risk of going blind.
Now the body modification trend has soared to new heights, as a man had the inside of his ear removed. Chai Maibert, who owns the Calm Body Modification studio in Stockholm, Sweden, shared striking photos of the results on social media. According to Maibert, the procedure is called a 'conch removal,' removing the middle portion of the external ear, which is also referred to as the pinna or auricle. The man reportedly travelled halfway around the world, from Australia to Sweden, just to get this alteration.
On the studio's Facebook page, Maibert wrote, "Fresh #conchremoval on @charlesvbentley who traveled around the world from Australia to have this procedure performed by me at @calmbodymodification. Truly humbled!"
"To get some facts straight note that this procedure doesn’t make you deaf," he continued. "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 doesn’t “catch” sound as it did eons 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."
In the Facebook comments, one person quipped, "Unfortunately, that is ear-reversable." Another person shared a photo of a jeans belt loop caught on a door handle, with the caption, "All I can think of." And one man snarkd, "Ah, I see you’ve ordered the attention seeking package, how may I guide your unemployment experience today?"
Meanwhile, one woman who claims to an expert disputed Maibert's comments about hearing loss. woman "As a concerned audiologist," she wrote, "literally every comment of yours regarding his hearing is WRONG. All of it. Completely incorrect." (Fight it out in the comments, ear anatomy experts!)
Well, as they say, to each their own. I think I'll pass on the conch removal, ear gauges, eyeball tattoos, split tongue, neck rings, devil horns and subdermal implants, though.