Dr. Micheal Shinners, Neurotology/Otology specialist
Our neurotology/otology subspecialty program provides diagnosis and treatment of conditions relating to the lateral skull base and ear, such as acoustic neuromas and cochlear implantation in adults and children.
Symptoms of a neurotology/otology related issue include:
- Facial weakness
- Hearing loss that may be worse in one ear
- Ringing in one or both ears
- Unsteadiness due to an inner ear issue
During diagnosis, our fellowship-trained otolaryngology and audiology subspecialists work in close collaboration, which allows patients to receive a hearing evaluation as well as a physical exam, including an ear microscopy, in the same appointment and in the same building. If necessary, a CT scan or MRI may also be ordered to assist in diagnosis of conditions, such as a lateral skull base tumor. These tumors are often benign, with an acoustic neuroma (growth or tumor on the auditory nerve of the inner ear) being the most common.
Other neurotology/otology conditions include:
- Atresia of the ear canal with conductive hearing loss
- Chronic suppurative otitis media
- Glomus jugulare tumors
- Otosclerosis - when stapes bone becomes fixed, no longer vibrates
- Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
- Tympanic membrane perforation
Patients suffering from conductive hearing loss (inability of all sound to reach the inner ear) can receive treatment through either medical or surgical options, depending on the condition and patient preference.
For More Information
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 847.504.3300.