The Division of Otology, Neurotology and Neurotological Skull Base Surgery provides evaluation, medical and surgical care for disorders of the ear, hearing, balance, facial nerve, and related areas of the lateral skull base in children and adults. These conditions include vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma), paraganglioma (glomus tumors of the middle ear and skull base), otosclerosis (stapedectomy), acute and chronic otitis media, cholesteatoma, hearing loss, vertigo, Meniere's disease, congenital disorders of the ear such as aural atreasia, Bell's palsy, and temporal bone trauma. Treatments include medical therapy microsurgery, laser treatments, Baha and cochlear implants, stereotactic radiosurgery (Gamma Knife) and rehabilitation.
The Department of Otolaryngology participates in and accepts applications only through the San Francisco matching program for the Otology/Neuro-otologic Skull Base Surgery Fellowship.
The Otology and Neurotology service (ear and inner ear) is established to diagnose and treat problems of the ear including acute and chronic infection, hearing loss, balance disturbance, and facial nerve paralysis. Board certified physicians will evaluate symptoms, order appropriate tests, and offer treatment. Treatment may involve medication, surgery, and counseling. The service also offers an affordable range of hearing aids, hearing implants, and therapy for facial nerve and balance problems.
Surgical and in-patient services are provided at Karmanos/Harper, Beaumont-Dearborn, and William Beaumont-Royal Oak Hospitals.
This clinical division provides resident training and participates in research on mechanisms of hearing loss, ear infection, tinnitus, and hearing implants in the nationally recognized Wayne State University laboratories.
Areas of Interest:
- Hearing loss
- Vertigo, imbalance
- Tinnitus (head noise)
- Ear infection
- Bell's palsy (facial paralysis)
- Reconstructive microsurgery of the ear for infection and birth defects
- Cochlear implants, Baha hearing implants
- Cholesteatoma and mastoiditis
- Vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma), paraganglioma (glomus) and other tumors of the skull base
- Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery
- Otosclerosis and laser stapes surgery
- Meniere's disease
- Edwin M. Monsell, M.D., Ph.D. (at John Dingell Veteran's Administration hospital)
- Robert Hong, M.D., Ph.D. (adults and children)
- Eleanor Chan, M.D. (adults and children)