Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Otology and Neurotology
Hearing and balance disordersFaculty in the division of Head and Neck Surgery comprise an interdisciplinary team for the evaluation and treatment of otology and neurotology disorders for adults and children. Our team offers expert care for disorders resulting in loss of hearing and balance, including:
- Benign and malignant tumors of temporal bone and skull base
- Chronic infections
- Hearing Loss
- Balance disorders
- Ménière's disease
The neurotology program offers patients the most advanced medical and surgical therapies backed by leading expertise in clinical care, research and education. Our program is recognized as one of the few centers in central Pennsylvania for cochlear implantation surgery.
The George H. Conner, MD Otologic Training Facility
Otologic and neurotologic skull base surgery requires a thorough knowledge of temporal bone anatomy. Ear surgeons should have an understanding of the three-dimensional relationships of that is arguably one of the most complex bony areas of the body.
Our temporal bone laboratory at Hershey Medical Ceter includes seven resident stations and one instructor station. It also has projection and demonstration capability using our instructor’s video microscopic station.
The skills, obtained in the temporal bone dissection laboratory, are unique and cannot be understood through substitute educational materials. Moreover, continued reinforcement of these skills is necessary throughout the duration of active surgical practice.
I aim to provide the best medical care for my patients. My goal is to improve patient quality of life by restoring their hearing, allowing them to hear the voices of their loved ones and the sounds of the world. I hope to achieve this for my patients by addressing even the most complex diseases of the ear and related structures.”
Conditions and treatments
Our program accepts referrals and provides the full spectrum of otologic/neurotologic surgical procedures for a range of services including:
- Acoustic neuroma surgeries
- Chronic infections of the ear and temporal bone
- Cochlear implantation
- Facial nerve disorders, including Bell's palsy
- Facial nerve repair surgeries
- Glomus tumor surgeries
- Implantable hearing aid surgeries (BAHA etc.)
- Lateral temporal bone surgeries
- Meniere's disease and other balance disorders
- Ossicular chain problems, including otosclerosis
- Skull base surgeries
- Tumors of the temporal bone, including ear canal tumors
Our faculty has expertise in office-based intervention (intratympanic steroid injections, intratympanic gentamycin injections etc.) and surgeries (labyrinthectomy, ESS, and vestibular neuroectomy etc.) for Balance disorders such as Ménière's disease.