Middle Ear

Position Statement on Cochlear Implants

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. considers unilateral and bilateral cochlear implantation as appropriate treatment for adults and children with severe to profound hearing loss.

Evaluation Prior to Hearing Aid Fitting

Hearing impairment is a medical condition requiring evaluation and diagnosis by a physician, preferably an otolaryngologist - head and neck surgeon.

Hearing Aids

The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head And Neck Surgery, Inc. states: dispensing of hearing aids, hearing assisted devices and other hearing rehabilitation devices is within the scope of practice for otolaryngologists-head and neck surgeons.

Implantable Hearing Devices

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Middle-Ear Ventilation Tube Placement

The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery recognizes that complications may occur following the placement of middle-ear ventilation tubes.

Minimal Test Battery for Cochlear Implants

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Otology/Neurotology

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. recognizes that after general surgical training an otolaryngology resident spends four years being educated and trained in the head and neck region.

Ototoxicity

Ototoxicity refers to injury of the inner ear (cochlear and/or vestibular end organs) as the result of exposure to chemicals or medications.

Red Flags-Warning of Ear Disease

Hearing loss and balance disorders are medical conditions. Only licensed physicians with a medical school degree and medical training (MD or DO) may diagnose and direct the management of diseases and medical disorders.

Management of Otosclerosis

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recognizes otosclerosis as a condition of abnormal bone growth that results in a progressive conductive hearing loss.