Specialty Area Highlights
University of Minnesota Physicians Otolaryngologists provide patients leading technology and treatment options, such as cochlear implants.
Cochlear Implant Program Highlights
The Cochlear Implant Program, part of the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic at University of Minnesota Medical Center, offers this most advanced treatment for children and adults with severe-to-profound hearing loss who receive limited benefit from hearing aids. An ever-increasing number of people are now enhancing their hearing with these devices which bypass the damaged hair cells in the inner ear by using electrical impulses to directly stimulate the auditory nerve fibers. Our breadth of experience with patients of all ages and those with unusual anatomy makes us a destination for patients from around the Midwest.
- Surgeons are fellowship trained and qualified to work with patients with unusual/difficult anatomy
- Adept at performing simultaneous bilateral implants as well as sequential bilateral implants
- Successful treatment of patients as young as 6 months
- Multidisciplinary team includes otolaryngologists, audiologists as well as speech and language pathologists
- Local anesthesia offered for patients unable to undergo general anesthesia
- Support provided through network of implant recipients with active chat group and annual gathering
- World-class experts in psychoacoustics, the science of converting electrical signals into meaningful words and sounds
- NIH-funded (for more than 20 years) psychoacoustics laboratory collaborates with psychology, audiology, otolaryngology, psychoacoustics, and bioengineering
- Expert in designing permanent hearing devices implanted in the ear
Otitis Media Research Center
The University of Minnesota department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery is a national leader in Otitis Media research. The mission of the Otitis Media Research Center (OMRC) is to create a collaborative environment for interdisciplinary research. This environment stimulates advances in the understanding of otitis media pathogenesis, enables new developments in diagnostic technology, treatment and prevention, and generates and disseminates fundamental and clinical knowledge to enhance patient care. The OMRC has been continuously funded by NIH since 1978.