Q&A with Director, Cochlear Implant Program Jill Firszt

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The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine boasts one of the busiest cochlear implant (CI) centers in the country. Last year the program implanted 246 patients, using the latest technology and guided by decades of advanced research efforts to optimize both surgical and implant programming procedures. Professor of Otolaryngology Jill Firszt, PhD, […]

Faculty and residents present at Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings

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Faculty and residents from the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine shared advancements in research and patient care at the recent Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) in Dallas, April 27-May 1. Of special note: Amit Walia, MD, received the Trainee Award from the American Neurotology Society for his work using electrocochleography to […]

Gender-affirming voice therapy improves quality of life

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Washington University offers gender-affirming voice therapy to help transgender and other gender-diverse patients seeking to more closely align their voice with their gender identity. Many of these patients suffer distress related to the perceived mismatch between their gender identity and biological sex, a condition known as gender dysphoria. Tailored to meet the needs of the […]

Cochlear implants turn ‘hearing back on’ for patients with single-sided deafness

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Washington University School of Medicine experts have long been at the forefront of improving hearing for individuals with single-sided deafness (SSD). Now, with improvements in cochlear implant technology and recent FDA approvals for cochlear implants for those with single-sided deafness, Washington University’s Department of Otolaryngology is poised to treat even more patients with SSD while […]

Otolaryngology launches online scheduling tool

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Patients who want to see Washington University Otolaryngology providers can now schedule their appointments online at the WashU Physicians website. Because the service just went live Dec. 15, patients are just starting to book their appointments online, according to Otolaryngology Vice-Chair for Clinical Operations Allison Ogden, MD. Otolaryngology is the first specialty care department at […]

Surgeon-scientist, Washington University alumnus Roland joins Department of Otolaryngology

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Lauren Roland, MD, MSCI, is joining the Division of Rhinology in the Department of Otolaryngology as assistant professor. “We are so happy to have Dr. Roland back at WashU,” said John Schneider, MD, chief of Rhinology. “Her research experience with fungal sinusitis will help expand the division’s research into rhinologic conditions that affect our patients. She will […]

Q&A with alumnus and neurotologist Eric Slattery

Eric L. Slattery, MD, is a neurotologist at the Ear, Nose & Throat Center of Utah, the largest  independent ENT group in Utah, where he is the medical director of the House of Hearing, its audiology division. He is also director of the Cochlear Implant Center of Utah and vice-chief of otolaryngology at Intermountain Medical […]

ENT celebrates 41st Senturia Lecture

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The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University celebrated the 41st annual Senturia Lectureship on Nov. 17, 2021. Invited guest speaker Michael Hoa, MD, presented his recent work on hearing instability disorders, which includes Meniere’s disease, a disorder of the inner ear that often causes hearing loss and vertigo (dizzy spells). Hoa, an associate professor in […]

Under the Scope newsletter celebrates three years

Under the Scope, the monthly newsletter of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, just celebrated its third anniversary of informing, inspiring, and engaging staff, faculty, residents and fellows. When the monthly employee newsletter was launched in October 2018, the department’s team of 350 was spread across five locations. By sharing stories about the department’s […]

Advanced ear surgery technique restores hearing, attracts international patients

For more than 10 years, the mother of two had severe hearing loss. She couldn’t hear her children when they cried, fell, yelled or talked to her. “It was very depressing and devastating, as it limited my ability as a mother to take care of them,” remembers S. Mahasneh, who lives in Jordan, more than […]