Otoplasty Wiki: A prominent ear, also commonly referred to as a lop ear, bat ear or dumbo ear, protrudes excessively from the lateral part of the head. The normal ear forms an angle of approximately 21° to 25° with the head and an angle >25° may cause the ears to look extra prominent from the front. Prominent ears are of great concern for most people. They often complain that they can’t wear their hair in certain styles because of prominent ears. Many feel that sticking out ears make them look less intelligent.