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At the University of Chicago Medicine, our expert team of ear surgeons (otologists/neurotologists), audiologists, nurses and speech-language pathologists provides care for the full spectrum of ear and hearing conditions.
The best treatment plan begins with a thorough diagnostic evaluation. Our team includes highly skilled audiologists who perform hearing and balance evaluations for all age groups. An array of tests is available, including:
State-of-the-art testing facilities are located within our outpatient clinic in the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine.
Today, several options exist to improve or restore hearing in people of any age who experience hearing loss. After a thorough hearing and medical evaluation to determine the source of the hearing loss, our board-certified ear surgeons recommend the best options for hearing health, which may include one or more of the following solutions:
UChicago Medicine ear surgeons have a special interest in the assessment and treatment of chronic ear disease, including:
UChicago Medicine provides state-of-the-art treatments for all conditions affecting the nose and sinuses. Our world-renowned, fellowship trained surgeons are leaders in the field of rhinology. They provide expert care for complex disease of the nose and sinuses, including new medical therapies and advanced surgery.
The UChicago Medicine Center for Advanced Rhinology has led groundbreaking studies and trials of new therapies for these disorders. Our studies are some of the first in the field and have been supported by grant funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
Our rhinologists evaluate a wide variety of sinus problems, including:
Collaboration by experts
For surgeries requiring interdisciplinary expertise such as the eye/orbit, skull base or complex reconstructions, we operate with colleagues in neurosurgery, ophthalmology and reconstructive surgery, among others. Other specialists with relevant expertise in airway and immune disease (pulmonary medicine [lungs], allergy and immunology, rheumatology [autoimmune disease] and others) provide complementary evaluations.
At the UChicago Medicine, tumors of the ear and skull base are managed by a team of surgical specialists, including ear surgeons, head and neck surgeons, plastic surgeons and neurosurgeons who work together to recommend the best treatment option, which may include surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery (a form of radiation therapy) or "watchful waiting" if immediate treatment is not necessary. Tumors treated by this team include:
In addition, these experts also treat:
The inner ear's vestibular system plays a key role in balance. Our audiologists perform a variety of tests to determine the functional status of the inner ear balance system. Our physician team collaborates with other UChicago Medicine and community-based specialists in neurology, psychiatry, physical therapy and occupational therapy to develop comprehensive treatment plans. Some of the balance disorders treated by our team include the following: