Diseases of the Ear
Clinical Services: Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT; Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery)
At Weill Cornell, otolaryngologists have access to the latest technologies to treat the full range of diseases of the ear. Our physicians have pioneered new and better treatments for a variety of conditions, including
- Otosclerosis and Stapes Surgery. This condition results from abnormal bone deposition near one of the tiny bones in the middle ear, the stapes. The deposits prevent the stapes from transmitting vibrations to the inner ear, resulting in hearing loss. [Learn More].
- Cholesteatoma. An epithelial cyst that is formed from skin tissue and cells, cholesteatomas can cause bone erosion, hearing loss, vertigo, and – in some cases – can affect the facial nerve causing weakness of the facial muscles or even paralysis. [Learn more]
- Perforations of the tympanic membrane (eardrum). The tympanic membrane – the delicate sheet of tissue that separates the external ear from the middle ear, can become damage due to trauma or chronic infection. Untreated, this condition leaves the delicate middle ear vulnerable to infection, and can produce hearing loss. We have developed new procedures in tympanoplasty to repair tympanic membrane perforation. [Learn more]
- Medical and Surgical Management of Acute and Chronic Ear Infections. Ear infections may lead to acute problems such as an abscess behind the ear or mastoiditis that require surgical drainage. Repeated ear infections may lead to cholesteatoma, or to chronic middle ear and mastoid infections. Chronic infections often require microsurgical management.