UC Neurosensory Disorders Center

The UC Neurosensory Disorders Center, which is anchored by the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, has developed into one of the nation’s leading treatment, research and educational programs. We offer compassion and expertise to patients who suffer from disorders of the senses. Our team of experts uses advanced technologies and procedures to treat patients challenged by hearing loss, voice and swallowing disorders, disorders related to the ability to taste and smell and facial pain.

We are closely affiliated with the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC), the UC College of Medicine, the UC Barrett Cancer Center at UCMC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center.

We offer eight sub-specialty programs or centers. Our Adult Cochlear Implant Program is a national leader, and we were named an Auditory Brainstem Implant Center by Cochlear Corporation.

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Our otolaryngologists have extensive expertise managing complex adult airway problems. Our airway reconstruction team will work with you and your physician to ensure that you receive the best possible evaluation of your disease. Because airway disease often affects voice and swallowing function, you will receive a comprehensive voice and swallowing evaluation by our voice and swallow team, which includes speech pathologists and physicians.

Adult airway problems may have one or more causes. These include trauma, inflammatory conditions, infection, autoimmune diseases and reflux disease. There are a variety of techniques to treat laryngotracheal (airway) problems. Our team’s treatment expertise ranges from endoscopy to open airway surgical techniques.

We work closely with anesthesiologists, intensivists, thoracic surgeons, general surgeons, pulmonologists, speech pathologists and gastroenterologists to provide comprehensive treatment.

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Candidates for auditory brainstem implants have suffered injury to both cochlear nerves, were born without a cochlear nerve, or suffer from neurofibromatosis-type 2, a genetic condition that frequently causes tumors (acoustic neuromas) to form on the 8th cranial nerve near the ear on both sides of the head. Although the tumors are benign, they are disruptive and must be removed. Removal, unfortunately, can result in permanent hearing loss.

Cincinnati was selected as a national auditory brainstem implant center because of its long-established expertise in cochlear implantation. Cincinnati’s multi-site team, which includes the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, is a national leader in cochlear implantation.

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UC Health, which has been providing cochlear implant services for more than 20 years, offers the most up-to-date cochlear technology available.

Each year we provide new cochlear implants to more than 100 patients at UCMC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, while following more than 400 additional patients. Our collaboration with Cincinnati Children’s allows us to provide the best possible care for both children and adults.

Cochlear implants represent an important medical advance for people with moderate to profound hearing loss. Cochlear implants can restore functional hearing and greatly improve quality of life, even in people who do not benefit from traditional hearing aids and amplification devices.

UC Health is a member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, a national organization that sponsors research, drives heightened awareness and advocates for improved access to cochlear implants for patients of all ages across the U.S.

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As the region’s premier audiology center, we use advanced diagnostic tools to diagnose hearing loss and balance disorders. Our facility is distinguished by its expert audiologists and friendly staff. We strive to meet the needs of the community by providing the most comprehensive audiology services in the area.

We provide a variety of services, including hearing assessment, the prescribing and fitting of hearing aids, cochlear implant assessment and mapping, evaluation for Bone Anchored Hearing Aids, hearing protection, swim molds, balance testing and evaluation of tinnitus. We are committed to providing the highest level of care to all our patients.

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Facial paralysis can give a devastating functional and cosmetic deformity. The goals of the Facial Paralysis Program are to improve and restore facial function (eyelid closure, nasal breathing, eating, speaking, facial movement) and facial appearance. Various medical and surgical techniques are used by our facial plastic specialists to treat facial paralysis.

Our approach is to tailor specific treatment plans for our facial paralysis patients to maximize function and appearance.

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UC Health Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers a full range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to improve and enhance the appearance and function of the face and neck.

Our team provides friendly and comprehensive care tailored to the individual needs of each patient. The division’s goal is to improve appearance and restore function in those who come to us for cosmetic improvements, elective change or treatment of facial injuries, facial paralysis or congenital deformities.

Procedures performed include:

  • brow lift
  • eyelid rejuvenation
  • facelift
  • minimally invasive injections of botulinum or collagen
  • rhinoplasty (nose surgery)
  • scar improvement (scar revision and dermabrasion)

We also perform facial restorations of deformities caused by injury and/or cancer treatment, and we perform procedures to improve facial function, nasal breathing and facial movement.

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The UC Health Taste and Smell Center offers an array of testing to determine the seriousness of disorders related to taste and smell. With state-of-the-art care and diagnostics, we strive to provide the best treatment options available today.

About 2 million Americans are affected by disorders related to taste and smell, which can negatively impact a person’s quality of life. The loss of taste and smell can be a sign of sinus disease, growths in the nasal passages or, in rare instances, brain tumors.

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We are the region’s only multidisciplinary center that provides state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment for patients with complex disorders of the nose, sinuses and lungs. Our team includes expert physicians, skilled nurses and friendly staff.

Our vision is to provide a one-stop shop that connects patients to specialists from otolaryngology, allergy, radiology, pulmonology, audiology, neurology and other fields. We strive to diagnose and treat disorders of the nose, sinuses and lungs in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Our physicians are committed to your care and treatment. Our team of board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians gives you the confidence of knowing you will receive trusted care.

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The UC Health Voice and Swallowing Center provides interdisciplinary care of patients with voice and swallowing disorders that affect the larynx and upper esophagus. Our specialists include experts in otolaryngology, speech pathology, neurology, gastroenterology, pulmonary medicine and radiology.

An otolaryngology evaluation builds the framework for diagnosis of the voice and swallowing disorder, and speech pathologists use the diagnostic information to create a plan for safe swallowing, voice therapy and physical rehabilitation. The center uses state-of-the-art technology to provide the highest-quality treatment.

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