Health Information

Otolaryngology

  • Acoustic Neuroma

    Acoustic neuroma is a noncancerous tumor that may develop from an overproduction of Schwann cells that press on the hearing and balance nerves in the inner ear.

  • Hearing Aids

    Hearing aids are electronic or battery-operated devices that can amplify and change sound. A microphone receives the sound and converts it into sound waves. The sound waves are then converted into electrical signals.

  • Aphasia

    Detailed information on aphasia, including cause, diagnosis, types, and treatment

  • Audiology

    Audiologists address hearing and balance problems in people of all ages. They also help with the fitting and management of hearing aids.

  • Balance Disorders

    Detailed information on balance disorders, including acoustic neurinoma and Ménière's disease

  • Deviated Septum

    Detailed information on deviated septum and septoplasty, a reconstructive plastic surgery performed to correct an improperly formed nasal septum

  • Hearing and Speech Communication Services and Devices

    In addition to hearing aids, many other devices are available to help improve communication in daily life. These range from telephone amplifiers to visual alarm systems.

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

    Detailed information on ear, nose, and throat disorders, including hearing disorders, balance disorders, smell disorders, taste disorders, chemosensory disorders, speech disorders, voice disorders, language disorders, vocal cord disorders, and laryngeal cancer.

  • Otitis Externa

    Detailed information on otitis external (swimmer's ear), including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Facts

    The ear consists of three areas—the outer, middle, and inner ear. The nose is the organ of smell and is part of the peripheral nervous system. The throat is a ring-like muscular tube that acts as the passageway for air, food, and liquid.

  • Glossary - Otolaryngology

    Glossary of terms relating to ear, nose, and throat disorders for patients and consumers

  • Hearing Disorders

    Detailed information on the most common types of hearing disorders, including hearing loss, presbycusis, tinnitus, usher syndrome, and noise-induced hearing loss

  • Hearing Loss

    In some people, hearing loss can be surgically corrected. For others, medical devices and rehabilitation therapies often can help reduce hearing loss.

  • Home Page - Otolaryngology

    Detailed information on ear, nose, and throat disorders, including hearing disorders, balance disorders, smell disorders, taste disorders, chemosensory disorders, speech disorders, voice disorders, language disorders, vocal cord disorders, and laryngeal c

  • Ear Infections

    Detailed information on ear infections, including otitis externa (swimmer's ear) and otitis media

  • Landau-Kleffner Syndrome

    Detailed information on Landau-Kleffner syndrome, including signs, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Language Disorders

    Detailed information on the most common types of language disorders, including aphasia and Landau-Kleffner syndrome

  • Laryngeal Cancer (Cancer of the Larynx)

    Detailed information on laryngeal cancer (cancer of the larynx), including symptoms, cause, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Ménière's Disease

    Meniere's disease is a balance disorder caused by an abnormality found in a section of the inner ear called the labyrinth.

  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

    When the ears are exposed to extremely loud noises, or to prolonged loud noises, inner ear structures can be damaged, leading to noise-induced hearing loss.

  • Online Resources - Otolaryngology

    List of online resources to find additional information on ear, nose, and throat disorders

  • Other Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

    Detailed information on ear, nose, and throat disorders, including Bell's palsy, deviated septum, sinusitis, snoring, tonsillitis, and ear infections

  • Otitis Media (Ear Infection)

    Detailed information on otitis media, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

  • Otolaryngology

    Otolaryngology is the medical specialty that focuses on medical and surgical treatment for patients who have disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related structures.

  • Presbycusis

    Presbycusis is the gradual loss of hearing that occurs as people age. One in three older adults older than 60 has hearing loss. Half of people older than 75 have hearing loss.

  • Sinusitis

    Detailed information on sinusitis, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Topic Index - Otolaryngology

    Detailed information on ear, nose, and throat disorders

  • Smell and Taste Disorders (Chemosensory Disorders)

    Detailed information on smell and taste disorders, including types, causes, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Snoring

    Detailed information on snoring, including causes, prevention, and treatment

  • Spasmodic Dysphonia

    Detailed information on spasmodic dysphonia, including types, causes, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Speech and Voice Disorders

    Detailed information on speech and voice disorders, including spasmodic dysphonia and stuttering

  • Tinnitus

    Tinnitus is the sound of ringing, roaring, buzzing, or clicking that occurs inside the head. The sounds may come and go, be continuous, occur in one or both ears, and vary in pitch.

  • Tonsillitis

    Detailed information on tonsillitis, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment

  • Ears and Airplane Travel, Ear Wax, and Ear Cleaning

    Detailed information on ears and airplane travel, ear wax, and ear cleaning

  • Usher Syndrome

    Detailed information on Usher syndrome, including types, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Vocal Cord Disorders

    Detailed information on the most common vocal cord disorders, including laryngitis, vocal nodules, vocal polyps, vocal cord paralysis, contact ulcers, and laryngeal papillomatosis

  • Stuttering

    Stuttering may occur in a child with normal developmental speech problems who is pressured to speak better. The child's struggle to improve speech actually makes the problem worse.