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Otology and Neurotology

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The Washington University otology and neurotology specialists treat chronic ear disease, hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus and facial nerve disorder. The cochlear implant team includes otologists, neurotologists, audiologists, nurses and support staff who treat patients suffering from moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss and who qualify for cochlear implants.

A cochlear implant is an electronic prosthetic replacement for damaged cells in the inner ear: The implanted part includes an electronic circuit surgically placed in the skull behind the ear (on the mastoid process of the temporal bone). This circuit is attached to a bundle of tiny wires that are inserted into the cochlea. At the end of the wires are electrodes that travel along the a portion of the length of the cochlea. Electrical stimulation of each electrode usually causes a different pitch perception. The other part of the device is worn externally over the ear and is made up of a speech processor, cable and transmitting coil. There are several different manufacturers of implants.

Services include treatment of:

  • Bell's palsy
  • Chronic ear disease
  • Otitis media and externa
  • Meniere's disease
  • Moderate to severe hearing loss (cochlear implantation)
  • Dizziness, tinnitus and facial nerve disorder

For more information on cochlear implants, visit the Otolaryngology website.