Otology, Neurotology, & Skull Base Surgery

The Division of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery treats patients with conditions affecting the organs of hearing and balance.  Both surgical and non-surgical services are provided by fellowship-trained physicians with extensive experience managing complex otologic disorders.

Comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment occurs in partnership with the Division of Audiology.  We are a tertiary referral center that receives patients from across Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.  Patient problems we commonly treat include:

  • Chronic infections, including chronic otitis media and cholesteatoma
  • Tympanic membrane (ear drum) perforations
  • Congenital and acquired hearing loss
  • Ossicular discontinuity and otosclerosis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Benign and malignant tumors, including vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma)
  • Tinnitus (ear ringing) and vertigo (dizziness)
  • Facial nerve weakness and paralysis
  • Temporal bone trauma

Available services include:

  • Surgery for chronic ear infections: tympanoplasty and mastoidectomy
  • Operative and non-operative correction of hearing loss: audiologic testing and hearing aid evaluation, stapedectomy, ossicular chain reconstruction, bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA, Ponto), cochlear implantation
  • Management of acoustic neuroma:  open resection and radiosurgery (Gamma Knife)
  • Resection of malignant skull base tumors (in collaboration with the Division of Head and Neck Surgery and the University of Kentucky Department of Neurosurgery)
  • Correction of vertigo: balance testing and rehabilitation, endolymphatic shunt placement, vestibular neurectomy

Division research aimed at improving access to underserved persons with hearing impairment is underway. We have made significant progress identifying and treating this vulnerable population. We take pride in our comprehensive cochlear implantation program, which receives the majority of congenitally deaf children born in Kentucky referred for definitive management.  Our physicians and audiologists are experienced in implantation and programming of all FDA-approved devices - including Cochlear, Med-El, and Advanced Bionics. We are also engaged in research focusing on early identification and treatment of skull base tumors.  Through our efforts, we have increased treatment options that help improve quality-of-life of patients throughout the Bluegrass State.

Our staff is committed to providing excellent individualized care for both patients and their loved ones. Caring for you is both our profession and our passion.

To schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, please contact the Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic at 859-257-5405.