This division is concerned with the entire scope of otologic and neurotologic surgery, including tympanoplasty and mastoidectomy for chronic otitis media, surgery for hearing loss, vertigo, facial nerve paralysis, and cochlear implantation. Surgical management of posterior fossa and skull base neoplasms, such as acoustic neuroma and glomus jugulare tumors, is also carried out, often in collaboration with theDepartment of Neurosurgery.
The Division of Otology/Neurotology has established a national reputation in the surgical management of vertigo, elucidating the role of labyrinthectomy and vestibular nerve section in the treatment of Meniere's disease and other disorders of the vestibular system. With the opening of the Vestibular Testing Center in 1988, even the most hidden or mysterious balance and gait disorders can now be assessed and managed in conjunction with medical, surgical, or vestibular rehabilitation methods.
Cochlear Implant in profoundly deaf children and adults is now being performed routinely. This population is being closely followed post-implantation to evaluate the benefits of the various cochlear prostheses. The Division of Audiology is exhaustively studying speech processing strategies of these patients.
The Division of Otology/Neurotology is well situated within the department to continue developing as a premier program advancing the art and science of clinical otology. Collaboration with the Division of Audiology, Vestibular Testing, and the Kresge Hearing Research Institute assures the broadest view of each clinical and research situation, with collegial insight available from all concerned partners.