Otology and Neurotology

The Rutgers Health Otology and Neurotology practice provides diagnosis, treatment, and comprehensive medical and surgical care to patients with otologic and neurotologic disease.

Otologic refers to the anatomy and physiology of the ear, including the structures and functions that make up the hearing and vestibular systems. The vestibular system influences the sense of balance and spatial orientation that coordinates movement. Neurotologic refers to elements of the ear that relate to the brain and nervous system.

The otologic and neurotologic diseases and conditions we treat include:

  • Chronic otitis media
    • Cholesteatomas (destructive and expanding growths in the middle ear and/or mastoid bone)
    • Tympanic membrane (eardrum) perforations
  • Facial nerve paralysis and facial nerve tumors
  • Otosclerosis (abnormal growth of bone near the middle ear that may lead to hearing loss)
  • Sensorineural hearing loss (the root cause of 90 percent of hearing loss)
  • Temporal bone/skull base tumors such as
    • Vestibular schwannomas (tumors of cells in the vestibulocochlear nerve, which transmits sound and balance information from the inner ear to the brain)
    • Paragangliomas (glomus tumors)
  • Vestibular disorders and Meniere’s disease

Our practice also offers bone-anchored hearing aids and a leading cochlear implant program.

Physicians who serve the Rutgers Health Otology and Neurotology practice are on the faculty of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, a part of Rutgers University, one of the top research institutions in America. Our doctors are active in research and teach about all aspects of otolaryngology, and each brings life-changing knowledge from the classroom to the exam room.

If you or a loved one needs treatment for chronic ear disease or hearing loss, make an appointment with the Rutgers Health Otology and Neurotology practice.