Otology and Neurotology
University of Iowa Health Care otologists and neurotologists are specialized otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) clinicians.
They're among the world's leading experts in diagnosing and treating complex conditions of the ear and skull base.
Otologists specialize in complex ear surgeries and middle ear issues, while neurotologists focus on problems related to the inner ear and the brain.
Our team includes fellowship-trained clinicians in both specialties as well as neurotology.
UI Health Care experts have years of experience treating the most complex conditions. Even if you've been told there is no treatment available for your hearing loss, balance disorder, or chronic ear problems, we may be able to help.
Your expert care team
Our otology and neurotology team treats everything from hearing loss and recurring ear infections to dizziness, ear injuries, and tumors.
They collaborate with other UI Health Care specialists to create your personalized care plan. Depending on your needs, your team may include:
- Imaging specialists
- Physical therapists
- Radiation oncologists
- Speech and language pathologists
Other UI Health Care experts who may help with your care include:
- Hearing aid experts who can help choose and fit a complete range of hearing aids and other assisted listening devices
- Vestibular rehabilitation specialists who can help you manage dizziness and get moving again
Advancing care and transforming lives
The UI Health Care otology and neurotology team offers a rare combination of experience and innovation. They change the lives of patients and also create new approaches to treatment.
As our patient, you'll have access to the very latest treatments—and to clinical trials for therapies that aren't widely available.
Pioneering treatments and procedures
- We performed the world's first robot-assisted cochlear implant surgery, using a tool developed by UI Health Care neurotologists.
- We're a world-class center for comprehensive testing for genetic hearing loss, led by pioneers in the field.
- We offer innovative alternative treatments like auditory brain-stem implants if you would not benefit from hearing aids or cochlear implants.
The latest technology
- Our advanced imaging techniques and surgical tools help our surgeons preserve hearing, facial nerves, swallowing, and speaking.
- We use state-of-the-art equipment for the most accurate hearing tests.
- We offer bone-anchored hearing systems—the newest implantable hearing aid technology.
Unmatched access to clinical trials
Otology and neurotology tests and treatments
Otology and neurology conditions treated
- Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma)
- Bell's palsy
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Chronically infected ears
- Conductive hearing loss due to congenital anomalies
- Congenital hearing loss
- Cranial nerve tumors
- Genetic forms of hearing loss
- Glomus tumors
- Immune-mediated hearing loss
- Malignancies of the ear and ear canal