Otology is supervised by Christopher Linstrom, MD, Chief of Otology and Neurotology-Skull Base Surgery at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE); George Alexiades, MD; Ana Kim, MD; Stanley Pelosi, MD; and Ronald Hoffman, MD, Director of the Ear Institute and Children’s Hearing and Cochlear Implantation.
Patients with asymmetrical neurosensory hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness, or facial paralysis are seen in the Tuesday and Thursday Otology/Neurotology clinic. Temporal bone dissection resident and postgraduate courses are conducted by the otology faculty. Otologic diagnostic services are directed by Randy Judson, Au.D, at NYEE. These include standard audiometry (pure tone and bone), speech audiometry, impedance testing, ABR testing, otoacoustic emission testing, ultra-high frequency testing, Electrocochleography, and tests of central auditory function. The Diagnostic Vestibular Laboratory provides electronystagmography, platform posturography, and rotational chair testing. Standard radiological imaging and CT scanning are performed on-site. Selected patients are referred for MRI/MRA, PET or other imaging studies performed at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Specialized pediatric hearing testing is performed at our new comprehensive pediatric audiology center.
The formal Cochlear Implant program at NYEE began in January 1992. This program encompasses the diagnosis, implantation, and rehabilitation of English- or Spanish-speaking adult and pediatric patients. The resident participates actively in all stages of cochlear implantation. When New York Eye and Ear Infirmary joined Continuum Health Partners, the Cochlear Implant programs at NYEE and Mount Sinai Beth Israel were structurally combined in 2001. In early 2008, the formal unified implant center was moved to NYEE. The program performs more than 120 implants per year. Given the origin of otology at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1824, the consolidation of these services was both appropriate and logical. To learn more, read about The Beginning of Otolaryngology in America: The History of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
The Otolaryngology Resident Training Program’s other resident clinical services include: