Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
Services and Programs
The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery offers state-of-the-art expert diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the head and neck. From hearing aids to professional voice training, from sinusitis and allergy to snoring, and from dizziness to cancer, the medical staff is pleased to provide patients with the latest in medical and surgical care.
For more information about ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders and conditions and their treatment, we encourage you to visit the website of the American Academy of Otolargyngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
The Center for Voice and Swallowing
The Center for Voice and Swallowing offers a wide array of evaluation and treatment options for patients with various voice and swallowing disorders including:
- Vocal cord paralysis
- Spasmodic dysphonia
- Acid reflux
- Vocal polyps and cysts
- Sulcus vocalis and vocal scarring
- Singer's nodules and other disorders of professional voice
The center also offers diagnostic and treatment options for papillomas and early cancers of the larynx, and for swallowing and voice problems due to Parkinson's disease, stroke and other neurological disorders.
A number of in-office therapies are available. These include botulinum toxin injections for spasmodic dysphonia and sialorrhea, pulsed-dye laser treatment for papilloma, dysplasia, and other vascular lesions of the larynx, and cidofovir injections for laryngeal papilloma. In addition the Center provides state-of-the -art, minimally invasive, surgical interventions such as vocal cord augmentation for the paralyzed vocal cord and endoscopic laser removal of early cancers of the larynx. Swallowing and voice therapy (including singing voice therapy) is provided by speech-language pathologists with expertise in these areas.
Learn more by visiting the Center for Voice and Swallowing main website.
The Division of Audiology
The Division of Audiology provides services to a wide variety of patients, ranging from newborn babies to elderly adults. Audiologists perform a number of diagnostic tests in the state-of-the-art clinic ranging from basic hearing tests that require the patient to raise their hand in response to sounds to more advanced testing which uses computer generated signals to elicit responses in the brainstem (ABR). Audiologists also provide testing for those who are suspected of having auditory processing disorders. Audiologists are also principal providers of diagnostic testing for patients with dizziness and balance problems. Outside of the clinic, audiologists are in the operating room performing ABR on those children who are difficult to test or assisting surgeons during intricate surgeries by monitoring the cranial nerves.
In addition to diagnostic testing, providing information and helping patients with strategies for coping with hearing loss, audiologists also fit patients with hearing aids. The clinic offers the latest in digital hearing aid technology with a variety of sizes and options. Audiologists will special fit earplugs for musicians, dentists, or workers who need sound reduction or protection from noise exposure. Water resistant ear molds are also made at the clinic for those who have tubes in their ears or who are prone to swimmer's ear. Finally, the clinic offers consultation on the use of assistive listening devices.
Dizziness & Balance Center
Dizziness, problems with balance, tendency to fall, hearing loss, and ringing in the ears are among the most common problems that prompt people to seek evaluation by an otolaryngologist. To help meet the need for evaluation of patients with these kinds of problems, the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery has a facility devoted to the evaluation and management of dizziness (disequilibrium), vertigo, hearing loss with aging (presbycusis), and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
The team of specialists includes otolaryngologists, an oto-neurologist, audiologists, physical therapists, and nurse practitioners. This team of specialists works closely with neuro-radiologists and neurologists to identify any underlying causes of troublesome dizziness and balance symptoms.
The medical staff at the Dizziness & Balance Center collaborates with the Hearing Research Center on the Charles River Campus of Boston University to stay knowledgeable on research breakthroughs that might be beneficial to patients. . The medical staff evaluate and help patients who feel unsteady when standing or walking to regain a greater sense of security and ability to move independently.
Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Facial plastic or reconstructive surgery may be part of the treatment for disorders of the head and neck. With the priority to provide patients exceptional, comprehensive care in one location, the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery offers these procedures by experienced surgeons who are especially skilled in head and neck reconstructive surgery.