The otology team is dedicated to the study, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the ear, including:
- Disorders related with the management of deafness
- Tumors of the temporal bone and base of the skull
- Acute and chronic infections of the external middle and inner ear
- Mild to profound deafness
- Stenosis of the ear canal
- Cochlear implants
- Benign and malignant tumors of the temporal bone ear canal and auricle
The team also manages the medical, surgical treatment and rehabilitation of patients with problems of vertigo and dysequilibrium.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders (NIDCD) research has indicated that:
- Hearing loss affects approximately 17 in 1,000 children under age 18
- About two to three out of every 1,000 children in the U.S. are born deaf or hard-of-hearing.
- Nine out of every 10 children who are born deaf are born to parents who can hear
- Approximately 314 in 1,000 people over age 65 have hearing loss, and 40 to 50 percent of people 75 and older have a hearing loss
- 10 million Americans have suffered irreversible noise-induced hearing loss, and 30 million more are exposed to dangerous noise levels each day
Your ear allows you to detect passing waves of sound energy and thus hear the sounds of the world around you. Most of the ear is hidden inside the head, so you are seldom aware of the job your ears are doing until they begin to fail. Reasons for hearing loss can range from physical changes within the ear caused by aging, an injury or infection that damaged part of the ear, exposure to loud noise, an inherited condition, or exposure to toxic medicines.
Scott & White's professional audiologists work with the Division of Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), making referrals to physicians when hearing or balance problems require medical or surgical evaluation or treatment. By combining a patient’s complete history with a variety of specialized auditory and vestibular (balance) assessments, they can determine appropriate treatment of patients’ hearing and balance problems.
Baylor Scott & White’s audiologists and hearing aid specialists work with you to make the best choice when it comes to hearing loss remedies and therapies. Treatment may range from a variety of hearing aids to implants. The treatment choice should reflect your needs, preferences and budget. To help you decide, we'll discuss with you your:
- level of activity
- physical characteristics
- medical conditions
- cosmetic and style preference
- what is reasonable for your budget
Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
The Head and Neck Surgical Oncology team is dedicated to the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck.
The Section of Head and Neck Surgery, works together with:
- Medical Oncology
- Diagnostic Radiology
- Therapeutic Radiology
- Hospital Dentistry
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Speech Pathology
- Social Services
Laryngology and Voice Disorders
The Laryngology and Voice Disorders team is dedicated to the diagnosis and management of diseases of the larynx including benign and malignant tumors, voice disorders and alterations of laryngeal function.
Working with the Speech-Language Pathology team, the Laryngology treatments patients who are having problems with their speaking or singing voice. These include:
- Muscle-tension disorders (where too much force is used to push the vocal folds together)
- Masses (growths) on the vocal folds such as nodules, cysts or polyps
- Paralyzed vocal folds
- Neurologic problems such as severe voice tremor, or spasmodic dysphonia
Speech-Language Pathology and Communicative Disorders
The Speech-Language Pathology and Communicative Disorders team is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of communication in the perceptive and expressive areas and in the profoundly deaf. Services include:
- Oral motor disorders
- Speech voice
- Language therapy
- Swallowing disorders
- Rehabilitation associated with laryngeal, pharyngeal or esophageal dysfunction
A rhinologist is an otolaryngologist, also known as an ear, nose and throat physician, who specializes in diseases of the nose and sinuses.
Common problems rhinologists treat include:
- Inflammation or infection caused by allergies
- Nasal polyps
- Nasal septum issues
- Sleep apnea