Middle Ear

Position Statement: Cochlear Implants

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

Position Statement: 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.

Position Statement: Hearing Aids

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

Position Statement: Implantable Hearing Devices

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery considers the implantation of a percutaneous or transcutaneous bone conduction hearing device, placement of a bone conduction oral appliance, and implantation of a semi-implantable hearing

Position Statement: 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.

Position Statement: Minimal Test Battery for Cochlear Implants

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery endorses the concept of the Hearing in Noise Test (HINT) and Consonant-Noise-Consonant (CNC) Test as minimal research reporting requirements for results of cochlear implantation in adults.

Positions Statement: Otology/Neurotology

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

Position Statement: Ototoxicity

Ototoxicity refers to injury of the inner ear as the result of exposure to chemicals or medications. When use of an ototoxic medication is medically necessary with no reasonable alternatives, the lowest therapeutic dose should be used.

Position Statement: 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.