Otology and Neurotology

Otology and Neurotology
Otology and Neurotology

Otology and Neurotology

The Otology/Neurotology team at UW Medicine specializes in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the ear and skull base. All members are intimately familiar with the complex anatomy and physiology of the outer, middle and inner ear, and the central nervous system connections as well as their afflictions.

Conditions treated include:

  • Sudden, chronic and progressive hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Chronic and acute ear infections, ear drum perforations and cholesteatoma
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Meniere's disease
  • Positional vertigo
  • Facial nerve paralysis
  • Tumors of the ear and temporal bone including vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma) and meningioma

Our treatment plans emphasize patient education and preservation or restoration of normal anatomy wherever possible. We place special emphasis on rehabilitation strategies designed to maintain and recover function using state-of-the-art medical and surgical therapies to ensure the most favorable outcomes.

We work closely with our UW Medicine colleagues in Audiology, the Dizziness and Balance Center, Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurosurgery and Neurology to provide comprehensive diagnostics and care. The result is an enhanced, coordinated approach to treatment of the whole patient.

Treatment options provided by our specialists:

  • Medical assessment for hearing aid clearance
  • Middle ear surgery for chronic infections, ear drum perforations, skull fractures and cholesteatoma
  • Stapes surgery for otosclerosis
  • Osseointegrated bone conducting devices (BAHA) 
  • Prosthetic ear reconstruction (Vistafix)
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Medical and surgical treatment of dizziness and Meniere’s disease
  • Treatment for superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD)
  • Treatment in the Multidisciplinary Skull Base Tumor Clinic


The University of Washington is a world leader in research related to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders.  There is an ongoing fertile interplay between advancements in the laboratory and potential clinical applications in treating patients.  In addition to clinical research, our team has particular interests and active basic science research programs in cochlear and vestibular implant design and inner ear regeneration. There are additional opportunities for patients to participate in hearing loss research throughout the University of Washington.  


Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Hearing Loss Association of America
American Tinnitus Association
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

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