Loma Linda University Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery offers services and procedures specializing in the branch of neurotology. Otology and Neurotology covers the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders associated with structures of the inner ear that result in balance disorders and hearing problems.
As experts in the field, our physicians uphold excellence in healthcare by treating patients suffering from conditions such as chronic ear infections and hearing loss with the most advanced surgical techniques and emerging technologies.
Otology and Neurotology Services and Procedures
- Acoustic Neuroma Surgery - Also known as vestibular schwannoma, acoustic neuroma is a noncancerous tumor of the nerve connecting the ear to the brain. Acoustic neuroma surgery is required to remove the tumor from the nerve as well as prevent paralysis of the face.
- Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA) - An implantable hearing device used for the treatment of hearing loss among patients with chronic ear infections, congenital hearing loss or one-sided deafness. BAHA works through bone conduction, in which the device directly stimulates the inner ear via the bone.
- Cochlear Implants - A small electronic device that is surgically implanted in the ears of people who are deaf or suffer severe hearing loss. With cochlear implants, patients with hearing impairments are able to receive and process sounds and speech.
- Mastoidectomy - A surgical procedure designed to remove infection or growths of mastoid air cells in the bone behind the ear. Its purpose is to heal the ear and prevent further damage.
- Stapedectomy - A surgical procedure used for the treatment of otosclerosis an abnormal bone growth occurring in the middle ear that causes hearing loss. The procedure improves hearing by removing the stapes bone, located in the inner ear, and replacing it with a small prosthesis.
- Tympanoplasty - Reconstructive surgical procedure that corrects a tear in the ear drum or middle ear bones. Undergoing this procedure will help prevent chronic middle ear infections.