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Department of Otolaryngology - Service Chief Reports

Division of Otology

Matthew B. Hanson, MD

The Division of Otology and Neurotology provides sub-specialized care for patients with diseases of the ear and temporal bone. In striving for optimal outcomes for our patients, their care is carefully coordinated with our colleagues in the Division of Communicative Disorders, where accurate diagnosis relies on advanced technology. Our Skull-Base team for treatment of neuro-otologic disorders includes colleagues in head and neck surgery and neurosurgery. We provide advanced care for the hearing impaired, including cochlear implantation, bone-anchored hearing implants, and early detection of hearing loss. Newborn hearing screening is routine at our participating hospitals and regularly identifies hearing loss at the youngest possible age. This enables early intervention to foster language development. Otology education is supplemented by the careful and precise study of the temporal bone anatomy. The Temporal Bone Laboratory provides intensive training for all residents during each of their four years. Our laboratory is also available for post-graduate training. Routine educational conferences in otology take place through the Grand Rounds schedule, as well as during weekly Temporal Bone Radiology Conferences, Vestibular conferences and weekly Case Review Conferences.


The Division of Otology and Neurotology has continued to increase its productivity.  Dr. Matthew Hanson continues to serve as Director of the Division in addition to his duties as Director of Service at Kings County Hospital.  Dr. Neil Sperling remains an active participant in our program and the care of our patients, directing the radiology and cochlear implant conferences.  Dr. Tahl Colen, a graduate of our residency program and a fellowship-trained otologist, is in private practice in Brooklyn and does otologic cases at UHB-Bay Ridge.  This brings the total to three fellowship-trained otologists affiliated with our residency program.  In addition, as the result of a gift from Dr. Abraham Shulman, we are now able to offer additional advanced vestibular testing, such as rotational chair testing, at our LICH campus.  Our cochlear implant programs at both UHB and LICH remain active and we continue to benefit from our close affiliation with the Auditory Oral School of New York, which provides pre- and post-operative services for our implant patients of all ages.