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Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders

Nose bleeds, swallowing problems, ear infections: When head and neck issues don't go away, your child can suffer on a daily basis. It may be time to see a specialist. 

At UVA, you'll find expert pediatric otolaryngologists who can customize a treatment plan and support your child's special emotional needs. We have access to the latest research and the newest resources, helping us provide the most advanced options.

Our team works with other specialists within UVA Children's Hospital, like audiologists and speech-language pathologists, to care for children with complex medical disorders.

Children With Hearing Loss: Surgical Options 

For children with congenital or acquired hearing loss ranging from moderate to profound, we offer surgical options to restore hearing.

Aural Atresia Repair

Parents from all over the world bring their children to UVA for surgery to repair aural atresia, a congenital condition characterized by the absence of a fully developed ear canal, eardrum, middle ear space and ear bones. 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, without your child being admitted to the hospital for an overnight stay.

ENT Treatments

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Airway evaluation and management
  • Aural atresia repair
  • Birthmark & vascular facial malformations surgery
  • Breathing and swallowing disorders
  • Hearing loss
  • Nose bleed control
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Sinus surgery
  • Swimmer's ear
  • Tonsillitis
Cleft Lip & Palate

Cleft palate is not just a simple surgical disease. This defect impacts so many different aspects of your child's life that teams from general pediatrics, genetics, facial plastic surgery, pediatric ENT, speech therapy and dentistry all need to be involved to get it right.

Such a complex condition requires both depth of experience, as well as expert skill. At UVA, you can trust we have both. In fact, we have one of the few cleft teams in the state certified by the American Cleft Palate Association.

Opening Airways

Subglottic stenosis, or narrowing of the airway or voice box, can make it difficult for your child to swallow and breathe. This can cause a lot of anxiety, as well as discomfort and pain.

With endoscopic techniques, we can often avoid larger surgeries and instead use special balloons to stretch the airway. More severe cases may require open surgery to enlarge that area of the throat. Whichever method your child needs, we’re here to provide a child-focused experience that returns your child to eating, drinking and breathing with ease.

Hearing & Speaking

Audiologists and speech therapists provide thorough evaluations to test and understand your child’s ear or throat condition. After surgical procedures, they play a critical role in helping your child adapt to new or improved abilities.

These teams also treat dizziness, balance issues and ear noise, issues that occur from damage to the inner ear. At UVA, we specialize in serving children with disabilities, addressing your child’s hearing and speech challenges with experienced care.