Otology is the study of the ear and its related diseases. Common ear problems include chronic infection of the ear, hearing loss, vestibular (dizziness) abnormalities, otosclerosis, cholesteatoma, and other tumors of the ear.

Surgical procedures

  • Tympanoplasty

  • Stapedectomy

  • Ossicular reconstruction

  • Mastoidectomy

  • Cholesteatoma surgery

  • Cochlear implantation

  • Bone anchored hearing aids

  • Completely implantable hearing aids (Esteem Implant)


Neurotology expands the study of otologic disease to include neurologic and neurosurgical issues related to ear problems. Neurotology is a surgical subspecialty with a separate board certification process that focuses on bridging the gap between otology and neurosurgery, in order to better address diseases common to both specialties.

Surgical procedures 

  • Acoustic Neuroma surgery

  • Surgery for dizziness, such as

      • Vestibular nerve section

      • Endolymphatic sac surgery

      • Labyrinthectomy

      • Gentimicin inner ear perfusions

  • Surgery for microvascular compression syndromes

    • Glossophayrngeal neuralgia

    • Hemifacial spasm

  • Lateral skull base surgery, used to treat

    • Meningioma

    • Acoustic neuroma

    • Paragangliomas, including glomus jugulare, glomus vagale, and carotid body tumors

  • Malignant lateral skull base tumors

  • Cochlear implantation

  • Auditory brainstem implants

Our Specialists 

Alexander Arts, MD

Alex ArtsProfessor

Erika Walsh, MD

Erika WalshAssistant Professor