Otology and Neurotology

Our adult clinic specializes in otology, neurotology, and skull base surgery. We care for adult patients with a wide variety of complex ear problems including:

  • hearing loss
  • acoustic neuroma and skull base surgery
  • chronic ear drainage
  • cholesteatoma and chronic otitis media
  • stapes surgery for otosclerosis
  • facial nerve disorders
  • tinnitus
  • tumors of the ear and temporal bone
  • vertigo
  • implantable devices (cochlear implant and bone anchored hearing aids)

We place special emphasis on sophisticated microsurgery for the management of chronic infection, tumors, and injuries as well as for restoration of hearing and the alleviation of vertigo.



(650) 723-5281

Stanford Ear Institute
2452 Watson Court
Suite 1700
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Fax: (650 725-8502

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Care We Provide

Depending on the condition being treated, some patients will be evaluated by muliple specialists as part of a comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment strategy. Most commonly, these other specialists include audiology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, and neurophysiology.

Our clinic contains the latest in diagnostic tools, including audiology, vestibular testing, and videomicroscopy examination.

Scope of practice

  • Hearing Congenital aural atresia
  • Ear canal exostoses or stenosis
  • Complex tympanic membrane perforation
  • Cholesteatoma and chronic otitis media
  • Conductive hearing loss due to middle ear bone problems
  • Otosclerosis
  • Complications of otitis media (coalescent mastoiditis, intracranial abscess, temporal lobe encephalocele, etc.)
  • Sensorineural hearing loss (mild, moderate, severe or profound)
  • Skull base tumors (paraganglioma, chordoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, endolymphatic sac tumors, etc.)
  • Vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma), including patients with neurofibromatosis
  • Meningioma
  • Glomus tympanicum and jugulare tumors
  • Superior semicircular canal dehiscence
  • Temporal bone trauma
  • Facial nerve palsy


Surgeries most frequently performed

  • Stapes surgery for otosclerosis
  • Acoustic neuroma and skull base surgery
  • Cochlear implantation and other implantable devices (bone anchored hearing aids)
  • Procedures to treat a perforated eardrum, ear drainage, or cholesteatoma
  • Procedures to treat conductive hearing loss for otosclerosis or other causes
  • Tumors of the cranial base, such as vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma), meningioma, or malignant tumors
  • Tumors of the ear and temporal bone
  • Facial nerve disorders