Otology/Neurotology Medical Evaluation

Otology/neurotology experts are otolaryngologists who focus on the science of hearing, balance, nerve function, infectious disease and anatomy of the head and neck. Their specialties include treatment of hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness, ear disease, facial nerve disorders, congenital deformities of the ear as well as tumors of the ear, hearing nerve and skull base.

Otology/neurotology is a specialty dedicated to care of the ears, which includes both the hearing and balance systems. Neurotologists have five to six years of residency training as well as one or two years of fellowship training in their field. Otology/neurotology specialists are knowledgeable in components of the brain and nervous system as they relate to hearing and balance.

Here is a list of otology/neurology conditions we evaluate and treat:

Balance disorders

  • Meniere’s disease
  • Positional vertigo
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Migraine associated dizziness
  • Other balance disorders

Ear disorders

  • Hearing loss (including sudden hearing loss)
  • Otosclerosis
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Tumors of the ear and temporal bone

Skull base tumors

  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Meningiomas
  • Tumors of the ear, temporal bone or cranial cavity

Facial nerve disorders

  • Facial nerve paralysis
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Ramsay-Hunt syndrome

An evaluation consists of recording the patient’s symptoms, medical history and the results of a physical examination. Our experts will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your unique condition.

Otology and neurology are major topics in the field of otolaryngology research. We are dedicated to developing clinical tests to better understand the hearing and vestibular system as well as identifying new tools and strategies for treating these rare and complicated conditions.

Call UCHealth Hearing & Balance at (720) 848-2800 for more information or to schedule an appointment.