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Our adult clinic specializes in otology, neurotology, and skull base surgery. We place special emphasis on sophisticated microsurgery for the management of chronic infection, tumors, and injuries as well as for restoration of hearing and the alleviation of vertigo.
A non-cancerous tumor that may develop from an overproduction of Schwann cells that press on the hearing and balance nerves in the inner ear.
A cholesteatoma is a skin growth that occurs behind the eardrum. It is usually caused by repeated ear infections associated with poor Eustachian tube function.
Chronic ear drainage (Chronic otitis media)
Chronic otitis media is defined as a chronic ear infection with drainage out the ear canal (otorrhea). It can develop in patients with a perforated tympanic membrane. The long-standing infection slowly erodes the middle ear ossicles, causing ossicular chain discontinuity.
Congenital aural atresia
Congenital aural atresia is when there is no ear canal. It is a common condition, and happens when the ear canal, eardrum, and sometimes the middle ear bones do not develop normally.
Ear canal exostoses or stenosis
Ear canal exostoses are bony growths in the ear canal, often caused by swimming in cold water. Ear canal stenosis can be caused by repeated ear canal infections that cause scarring.
Otosclerosis is the abnormal growth of bone in the ear. This can fix the stapes bone in place, preventing it from transmitting sound vibrations properly.
Facial nerve disorders
Some facial nerve disorders, including facial nerve paralysis, can be caused by infections that spread to the inner ear, causing permanent sensorineural hearing loss, or even to the brain, causing meningitis or a brain abscess.
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Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
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