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Otologists are otolaryngologists who specialize in treatment of the ears and their related systems. This includes repairing physical conditions that cause hearing loss, such as fused bones within the ear, perforated eardrums and inner-ear problems that affect balance. Otologists can also remove tumors located near the skull base, behind the jaw and in sinus cavities.

The otologists at Wayne State University Physician Group undergo specialized training that enables them to treat patients with more complex and challenging conditions. Otologists are also more skilled in neurotology, which is the treatment of nerve pathway disorders.

Common disorders treated by otologists include:

  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Tumors (ear canal cancer, glomus tumor, acoustic neuroma)
  • Hearing impairment and deafness (hearing aids, cochlear implants)
  • Dizziness (Meniere’s disease, endolymphatic sac surgery, retrosigmoid vestibular nerve section)
  • Trauma