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Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders

Nosebleeds, swallowing problems, ear infections: When head and neck problems won't go away, your child can suffer daily. It may be time to see a children's ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist.

At UVA Health Children's, our expert pediatric ENT specialists (called otolaryngologists) create custom treatment plans for your child and support their special emotional needs. We have access to the latest research and the newest resources, helping us provide the most advanced options.

Our team also works with other specialists at UVA Health Children's, like audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Through these partnerships, we've created specialty care teams for your child's particular needs, including:

ENT Treatments

  • Ear deformities
  • Ear drum perforation repair
  • Ear infection management
  • Ear tube placement (myringotomy and tympanostomy tube placement)
  • Head and neck tumor removal
  • Hearing loss
  • Nosebleed control
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Sinus surgery
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Swimmer's ear
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Tonsillitis

Children With Hearing Loss: Surgical Options

For children with congenital or acquired hearing loss (from light to profound), we offer surgical options to restore hearing.

Aural Atresia Repair

Parents from all over the world bring their children to UVA for aural atresia repair. Aural atresia is a congenital condition in which the ear canal, eardrum, middle ear space and ear bones do not form properly. The surgery opens the ear canal and restores the ear’s natural sound-conducting mechanisms. 

Cochlear Implants

Children with severe and profound hearing loss may benefit from cochlear implants. These tiny devices are surgically implanted into the inner ear and provide critical sound information. As a result, children with severe to profound hearing loss may be able to develop normal speech and language. The operation generally takes 2-3 hours and is performed in an outpatient setting. Your child won't need an overnight stay in the hospital.