Healthcare: Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Hearing and Balance


Our Interdisciplinary Approach

"This has been a life changing experience for me. I never knew I’d be able to hear like this." -William Y. 


The Center for Hearing and Balance offers evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of conditions related to hearing and balance as well as skull base tumors and facial paralysis.

Ear Surgery. The Ear Surgery group encompasses double board-certified neurotologist/otologists who perform procedures such as lateral skull based surgery and hearing restoration surgery. Also, they specialize in treatments for chronic ear disease, and lateral skull-based tumors. Importantly, our ear surgeons implant hearing devices such as cochlear implants and bone conduction implants.

Audiology. The Audiology group collaborate closely with our ear surgeons. Our doctors of audiology perform hearing tests, digital hearing aid services, tinnitus evaluations, ototoxicity monitoring, cochlear implant mappings and cochlear implant adjustments. They also provide custom earplugs for swimming and other hearing protection.

Balance Disorders. The Balance Disorders group perform vestibular services for patients. These services include comprehensive and state of the art vestibular function testing. Our occupational therapist provides vestibular and balance rehabilitation for her patients. Finally, our Licensed Professional Counselor assists patients who have problems with the emotional aspects of chronic vertigo, imbalance and tinnitus.


Conditions We Treat



  • Vertigo
  • Nystagmus

Hearing Loss

  • Conductive hearing loss not secondary to middle ear effusion
  • Sensorineural hearing loss (mild, moderate, severe or profound)
  • Minimal to profound hearing loss

Ear/Lateral Skull Base

  • Chronic ear disease (cholesteatoma and chronic otitis media)
  • Complications of otitis media (coalescent mastoiditis, intracranial abscess, temporal lobe encephalocele, etc.)
  • Congenital aural atresia (absence of an external ear canal)
  • Congenital ear malformations
  • Ear canal exostoses or stenosis
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Malformations and tumors of the ear and temporal bone
  • Ossicular chain dislocation
  • Tympanic membrane perforation
  • Acoustic neuroma, including patients with neurofibromatosis
  • Facial nerve palsy
  • Skull base tumors (paraganglioma, chordoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, endolymphatic sac tumors, etc.)