Patient Care

Providers in the Duke Division of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery diagnose and treat the underlying causes of ear diseases.

In addition to undergoing training in otolaryngology, our otologists and neurotologists complete two additional years of training to specialize in complex surgical procedures involving the ear. Otologists treat illnesses and injuries of the middle ear, including hard-to-treat or recurrent problems. Neurotologists treat neurologically related and inner ear problems, including skull base tumors, implantable hearing devices, such as cochlear implants and bone conduction hearing aids, and balance disorders.

Common Ear Procedures

  • Mastoidectomy
  • Myringotomy Tubes (Ear Tubes)
  • Tympanoplasty

Complex Ear Diseases and Procedures

Ear Diseases

Common and Complex Ear Disorders and Treatment Options

Without proper treatment, ear diseases can cause long-term and debilitating problems, including infection, hearing loss, vertigo (dizziness), and facial paralysis or weakness. Duke’s ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors (also called otolaryngologists) and specialty trained otologists/neurotologists diagnose and treat the underlying causes of these issues.