Otolaryngology

Acoustic neuroma is a rare noncancerous tumor. It affects hearing and balance when the tumor presses on the nerves in the inner ear.

Hearing aids are electronic or battery-operated devices that can make sound louder. A microphone receives the sound and converts it into sound waves. The sound waves are then converted into electrical signals.

Aphasia is a language disorder caused by damage in a specific area of the brain that controls language expression and comprehension. Aphasia leaves a person unable to communicate effectively with others.

Audiologists address hearing and balance problems in people of all ages. They also help with the fitting and management of hearing aids.

Detailed information on balance disorders, including acoustic neurinoma and Ménière's disease

A deviated septum may cause congestion, problems with breathing, or nasal discharge. Here's what you should know about this condition.

Read about the many devices available to help improve communication for people with speech or hearing problems.

Detailed information on ear, nose, and throat disorders, including hearing disorders, balance disorders, smell disorders, taste disorders, chemosensory disorders, speech disorders, voice disorders, language disorders, vocal cord disorders, and laryngeal cancer.

Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is a redness or swelling (inflammation), irritation, or infection of your outer ear canal.

Read on for a close look at the parts that make up the ear, nose, and throat.

Detailed information on the most common types of hearing disorders, including hearing loss, presbycusis, tinnitus, usher syndrome, and noise-induced hearing loss

Hearing loss affects nearly 36 million adults in the U.S. Read on to learn more about this condition, including possible causes and treatment.

Detailed information on ear, nose, and throat disorders, including hearing disorders, balance disorders, smell disorders, taste disorders, chemosensory disorders, speech disorders, voice disorders, language disorders, vocal cord disorders, and laryngeal c

Detailed information on ear infections, including otitis externa (swimmer's ear) and otitis media

Detailed information on Landau-Kleffner syndrome, including signs, diagnosis, and treatment

Detailed information on the most common types of language disorders, including aphasia and Landau-Kleffner syndrome

Talking with healthcare providers about cancer can be overwhelming. It helps to be prepared. Make a list of questions and bring them to your appointments. Read on for helpful questions to get you started.

Ménière disease is a balance disorder. It causes a severe spinning sensation (vertigo), hearing issues, loss of balance, and headaches.

Your child’s inner ears may be damaged if he or she is around extremely loud noises or around loud noises for long periods of time. This is called noise-induced hearing loss.

Detailed information on ear, nose, and throat disorders, including Bell's palsy, deviated septum, sinusitis, snoring, tonsillitis, and ear infections

A middle ear infection occurs behind the eardrum. It is most often caused by a virus or bacteria. Most kids have at least one middle ear infection by the time they are 3 years old. But adults can also get them.

Otolaryngology focuses on medical and surgical treatment for people who have disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related structures.

Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the slow loss of hearing in both ears. It’s a common problem linked to aging.

Sinusitis is an infection of the lining of the sinuses near the nose. These infections most often happen after a cold or after an allergy flare-up.

Detailed information on ear, nose, and throat disorders

Smell and taste disorders may include loss of smell or taste or reduced ability to smell or taste. This can be caused by certain underlying conditions or illness, medicines, and dental problems. Some people are born with these disorders.

Spasmodic dysphonia is a voice disorder. It causes involuntary spasms in the muscles of the voice box or larynx.  This causes the voice to break, and have a tight, strained, or strangled sound.

Detailed information on speech and voice disorders, including spasmodic dysphonia and stuttering

Tinnitus is the sound of ringing in the ears. It may also be described as roaring, buzzing, hissing, or clicking inside the head. The sounds may come and go. Or they may be ongoing. Read on to learn more.

Tonsillitis means that your tonsils are inflamed. Your tonsils are large, fleshy glands at the back of your throat. These glands make antibodies that help fight infection.

Detailed information on ears and airplane travel, ear wax, and ear cleaning.

Usher syndrome is a disorder that is passed down through families (inherited). It is the most common childhood condition that affects both vision and hearing.

Vocal cord disorders can affect your voice or your ability to talk. They are often caused by using the voice too much when singing, talking, coughing, or yelling.

Stuttering is a speech problem. The normal flow of speech is disrupted. A child who stutters repeats or prolongs sounds, syllables, or words. Stuttering is different from repeating words when learning to speak. Stuttering may make it difficult for a child to communicate with others.

Dizziness and a spinning sensation (vertigo) are classic symptoms of a vestibular balance disorder. These disorders can strike at any age. But they are most common as you get older.

A person with fluency disorder has trouble speaking in a fluid or flowing way. They may repeat parts of words (stutter) or speak fast and jam words together (clutter).

A voice disorder is when a person has a problem with pitch, volume, tone, and other qualities of their voice. These problems occur when the vocal cords don't vibrate normally.

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