Monthly Archives: March 2011

God, if I can just hear pitch again…

Dr. Green gives God all the credit for Barry Blazs’ miraculous recovery in this 700 Club featured story. Expected not to survive a serious motorcycle accident in 2004, Barry, a worship leader and musician, is able to rejoice.

What do Neurotologists/Otologists/Skull Base Surgeons actually treat?

The human ear is located within the temporal bone, a large and complex bone that makes up the side of the skull. As a result, Neurotologists are trained to treat a variety of disorders that affect structures located in and around the ear and temporal bone. Disorders of hearing, balance, and facial nerve function as well as diseases of the temporal bone comprise the majority of ailments treated by Neurotologists. For a complete list of disorders that we treat, please see Medical Services and Surgical Services.

Are Neurotologists different than Neurologists?

Yes. Neurologists are medical physicians (not surgeons) that treat problems of the nervous system. (These include problems of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system).

Are Neurotologists different than Neurosurgeons?

Yes. Neurosurgeons surgically treat disorders of the brain and spinal cord. Neurotologists and neurosurgeons often work together to treat complex tumors and other disorders that affect both the brain and the skull base.

Are there any other names used to identify Neurotologists?

Yes. Neurotologists are also sometimes referred to as Otologists (otology is the study of the ear) or as Skull Base Surgeons (because the ear happens to be situated at the base or floor of the human skull).

What is a Neurotologist (Pronounced Nur-o-tall-u-jist)?

A sub-specialist that deals solely with disorders of the ear. Neurotologists must complete five years of Ear, Nose and Throat surgical training followed by additional fellowship surgical training in Neurotology.