You know that moment when your stretched ears and tunnel piercings just aren't exciting anymore so you decide to get another big hole in your ear?
If you answered yes, you're not alone.
A new trend has recently emerged in the body modification sphere.
Not many people would choose to have half of their ear cut out, but one Australian decided that a unique appearance was worth the cost. He traveled across the globe to Sweden to get his conches removed.
The body modification artist responsible for his procedure explained that conch removal does not affect your hearing. But even his fans believed that that was just a marketing trick.
Some medical professionals were horrified to learn about the new trend and social media users didn't hold back their critical comments.
However, some people still think conch removal is an awesome new trend and can't wait to get it done themselves.
Charles Bentley took his body modifications to another level.Daily Mail.
The conch removal was done by piercing and body modification artist, Chai Maibert.
The procedure is called "conch removal" because it literally removes a piece of the conch part of the ear.
"Fresh #conchremoval on @charlesvbentley who traveled around the world from Australia to have this procedure performed by me at @calmbodymodification," Maibert wrote on Instagram.
"To get some facts straight note that this procedure doesn’t make you deaf."
He says your hearing should actually improve.
Maibert is the owner of the popular Stockholm studio CALM Body Modification.Daily Mail says.
"I bet his ears whistle when he rides his vegan bicycle," one wrote.
Someone also added, "On behalf of all white people I would like to apologize for Chad. He knows not what he does."
That includes some medical professionals.Daily Mail, the concha is responsible for collecting the sound around you and sending it down the auditory canal to the eardrum.
It's also important if you like to know where the sound is coming from, rather than just hearing it.
Medical experts who work with hearing specifically agreed with them.CTV News.
According to her, the outer ear is responsible for how well we hear.
"To say how much in terms of a percentage of hearing loss is hard to say."Daily Star.
One wrote, "The pinna (the outer ear) collects sound and helps us know where sound is coming from."
Conch removal body mod... LITERALLY WHY?!?! https://t.co/P101PsVRBs— sentient nsaid dependency (@sentient nsaid dependency)1461789222.0
Another one agreed.
According to the guide prices published on CALM's website, a regular piercing costs $50.
It might be offensive to people who were born deaf.
"The only way to truly amplify your hearing from behind your ear, which is called BONE CONDUCTION, is through SURGERY."
eric w joked, "Handy for tying a rope through, making it very easy to drag him off to a mental institution."
ThatsIt: "Okay. Did he not realize ears are there for a reason?! One being to protect the inner ear canal. What an idiot."
Rocksey: "Why? Just why?? Still, if he gets soaked in the rain, at least he can be hung up on hooks to dry off now I suppose!"
Twitter users had the same opinions.
Countryboi567: "White folks can we talk????"
Mickey: "Oh dear lord, conch removals make me feel all woozy."
But not everyone hates the new trend.
My ears are looking so good, Brian's the mannnnn #conchremoval https://t.co/hAti906QFS— tiffany (@tiffany)1471066893.0