Our pediatric otolaryngologists specialize in disorders of the head and neck, especially those of the ears, nose and throat (often called ENT). We see a range of conditions and provide individualized care and treatment, including ear tubes and tonsil surgery.
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.
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.