Ear Surgery / Otology

Otology is a subspeciality of

Otolaryngology

(

ENT

– ear, nose and throat).

Otologists

engage in the medical and surgical treatment of ear diseases. Typically, ear surgery is utilised to correct defects causing hearing loss or impairment. Such procedures include stapedectomy, tympanoplasty, and

cochlear implants

. Other ailments they treat are recurrent ear infections, facial nerve disorders, balance and vertigo disorders. On occasion, an Otologist will assist a Neurosurgeon in the removal of tumors that arise at the base of the brain and require a surgical approach through the skull base to reach the brain. The surgical procedure

Otoplasty

corrects the appearance of ears that are misshapen or protruding.

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