Otology and Neurotology

Taking Care of You: Otology and Neurotology

The Vanderbilt Otology and Neurotology team diagnoses and treats ear disorders related to balance, hearing loss, and skull base tumors. Our team runs one of the busiest ear disorder programs in the country and has performed more than 25,000 ear surgeries. We have been a leading cochlear implant center for forty years, having performed our first Cochlear Implant in 1980. We have the largest cochlear implant program by volume of surgery and research in the United States.

Patient Care Excellence

The Vanderbilt Otology and Neurotology team has recently introduced a new coordinated care option for out-of-town patients seeking our expertise. Patients can undergo testing, a physician consultation and, if necessary, implant placement all during one full-day visit to Vanderbilt. It's part of our team's commitment to putting patient care first and improving the overall quality of care.

Vanderbilt Otology and Neurotology also works closely with experts in neurosurgery, audiology, radiation oncology, speech-language pathology and neurology to create innovative treatment options and make groundbreaking research discoveries in the field. Our Otology and Neurotology fellowship program is one of the oldest and most highly-regarded fellowships in the world. Our program gives fellows hands-on experience working with world-class surgeons and cutting-edge technology.

Conditions We Treat

  • Meniere's disease
  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Sensorineural hearing loss
  • Otosclerosis
  • Sudden hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Chronic ear disease
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Paragangliomas
  • Endolymphatic sac tumors
  • Superior semicircular canal dehiscence
  • Meningiomas
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) otorrhea
  • Facial nerve tumors
  • Glomus tumors
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular migraine
  • Vestibular schwannoma
  • Congenital aural atresia
  • Ear canal disorders
  • Eardrum perforations
  • Bell's palsy (facial paralysis)
  • Temporal bone trauma

Test, Treatments and Services

  • Hearing tests (audiogram)
  • Hearing aid evaluations
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Cochlear implant evaluations
  • Cochlear implants
  • Stapedectomy
  • Bone-anchored implants
  • Repair of superior semicircular canal dehiscence
  • Acoustic neuroma surgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Repair of cerebral spinal fluid leaks
  • Brain hernia repair
  • Middle ear (bone-anchored) evaluations
  • Middle ear implants
  • Single-sided deafness evaluation
  • Tinnitus evaluation and therapy
  • Facial reanimation surgery
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Physical therapy
  • Vestibular rehabilitation





Innovations, Awards, and Technology

NIH Grant awarded for cochlear implant stimulation programming. (VUMC Reporter August 6, 2020)

A team of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers has received a $3.1 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to develop advanced, patient-specific cochlear implant stimulation models for customized implant programming. To continue reading...

Labadie, Rivas inducted into international otolaryngology collegium

Two Vanderbilt University Medical Center physicians were recently inducted into Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (CORLAS), an international otolaryngology society created to facilitate collaboration and the open sharing of discoveries and ideas. To continue reading...


Our experts are world leaders in otology and neurotology research. We have proudly pioneered many of the latest treatment innovations in the field of otology and neurotology, including image-guided cochlear implant programming and the development of endoscopic ear procedures. We also have created new approaches to treat acoustic neuromas, other skull base tumors, and spinal fluid leaks.

Vanderbilt Otology and Neurotology's research has been featured in many medical publications.

Dr. David Haynes is on the Editorial Board and Secretary/Treasurer for Otology & Neurotology.

Our team also offers access to otology and audiology clinical trials.

To refer a patient to Vanderbilt Otology and Neurotology, please call (615) 322-6180.