What is otology?

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Eric E. Smouha, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)

Otology is the field of medicine that includes problems of the ears, hearing and balance. Neurotology is a sub-specialty of otology that includes acoustic neuroma and skull base surgery.

The field of otology/neurotology includes the diagnosis and treatment of cholesteatoma and chronic ear disease, hearing disorders including otosclerosis, balance disorders, facial nerve disorders, acoustic neuroma and skull base surgery, and cochlear implantation.

Otology is the field of medicine that includes problems of the ears, hearing and balance. Neurotology is a sub-specialty of otology that includes acoustic neuroma and skull base surgery.

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