I’m pleased, once again, to bring you the Penn Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Newsletter.
The expertise of our department runs that gamut of otorhinololarygology specialization, pushing the boundaries of optimal care for our patients. For this issue, we’ve highlighted several examples of advanced audiology, otology, and neurotology treatments available for patients with conditions that affect their hearing.
- Penn Otorhinolaryngology is one of only a handful of institutions now offering auditory brainstem implantation (ABI). This revolutionary treatment option is the only available effective treatment for restoring hearing in patients with total deafness as a consequence of severely damaged or absent auditory nerves.
- Additionally, we’re also one of only a few programs in the United States, and the only in the Philadelphia region currently offering patients the new transcutaneous bone anchored hearing aid devices. As an alternative to the traditional percutaneous devices, they provide patients with reduced infection risk and enhances aesthetics, among other benefits.
- This year, under the direction of Penn otologist Jason Brant, MD, and endovascular neurosurgeon Omar Choudhri, MD, we’ve created the Penn Pulsatile Tinnitus program. Because of the potentially very serious causes of the condition, the program is devoted to determining the source of and optimal treatment plan for pulsatile tinnitus patients.
- Finally, we highlight Penn Otorhinolaryngology’s first-of-its-kind Center for Adult-Onset Hearing Loss. This multi-specialty center is focused on the genetics of adult-onset hearing loss, with the goal of identifying the genetic components of hearing loss to enable future new approaches to hearing loss diagnosis and treatment.
- With focus on our education mission, we have included an opportunity to register for our upcoming Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) training sessions. Since its invention at Penn over 15 years ago, Penn Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery has trained hundreds of surgeons on TORS and it is being performed in 50 countries around the world. We continue this tradition by recently building a state of the art training center with a dedicated robot where trainees can learn this advanced surgical technique.
I trust you will find this issue engaging and look forward to sharing more exciting clinical advances from Penn ENT in the future.
Bert W. O’Malley, Jr., MD
Gabriel Tucker Professor and Chair, Dept of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Vice President, Director Physician Network Development
Physician Executive, Penn Specialty Physicians
The University of Pennsylvania Health System
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Penn Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is one of only a handful of institutions now offering auditory brainstem implantation (ABI) for patients with total deafness as a consequence of severely damaged or absent auditory nerves.
Penn Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is the first to have a dedicated Center focused on the genetics of adult-onset hearing loss.
Penn ENT Now Offering New Alternatives to Traditional Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) devices
Penn Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery has developed a program under the direction of otologist Jason Brant, MD, and endovascular neurosurgeon Omar Choudhri, MD devoted to determining the source of and optimal treatment plan for a rare, highly individualized condition, pulsatile tinnitus.