Introducing comprehensive otolaryngologist Miranda Lindburg

Miranda Lindburg, MD, is no stranger to the Department of Otolaryngology, having completed medical school and residency at Washington University. She is now equally excited to continue her career here as a faculty member and continue her exploration of the St. Louis food scene. Where are you from originally? I was born in the Seattle […]

When sound and balance collide

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For decades, Melissa James woke each morning wondering which of her symptoms would show up that day, a sort of disease roulette as she calls it. A headache was most consistent, but aural fullness or pressure and tinnitus (ringing in the ear) were also very common. A visit to the Washington University Dizziness and Balance […]

Over 130 years of rich history

The Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis is rapidly approaching its sesquicentennial as it continues its mission in academic medicine: patient care, research, training and service. The department is no stranger to excellence in each of these mission areas. The department has flourished behind true innovators in the field […]

Meet Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology Matthew Rohlfing

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Matthew Rohlfing, MD, is the newest member of the Division of Laryngology in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University. Here he shares his excitement to return and practice in his home community and his love of gardening. Where are you from originally? I grew up in Kirkwood, MO. And, since everyone will ask, I […]

WashU audiologists lend efforts to humanitarian mission

Washington University Clinical Audiologist Steve Smith and two audiology students, Brynn Gentile and Sarah Goltsman, contributed their skills to a humanitarian effort in Catacamas, Honduras this past October. They provided 126 hearing evaluations and 138 hearing aid fittings as part of a larger ENT effort that saw almost 400 patients and conducted 50 surgeries during […]

Renowned neurotologist Lenarz offers ENT lectureship

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Thomas Lenarz, MD, PhD, professor and chair of the department of Otolaryngology at Hannover Medical School (Germany) provided a stimulating Senturia Lecture to the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine on Oct. 26. His talk, “Hearing4All: functional restoration of hearing using auditory devices,” highlighted the broad advances in medicine and technology that […]

Introducing pediatric otolaryngologist Jennifer Brinkmeier

Jennifer Brinkmeier, MD, recently joined the pediatric otolaryngology team at Washington University. Here she shares the motivation behind her choice of specialty and her abundance of hobbies. Where are you from originally?  I’m originally from Saint Louis. I’m not a fan of thin-crust pizza, but I do love baseball. Where are you joining us from? […]

New FDA ruling approves over-the-counter hearing aids

In August, the FDA issued a final ruling to allow access to safe, effective, and affordable hearing aids for millions of Americans. The rule, Establishing Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids, enables consumers 18 years of age and older – with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss – to purchase hearing aids directly from stores or online retailers. […]

Medicare expands coverage for cochlear implants

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded coverage for cochlear implantation, making the procedure available to millions of additional individuals with hearing loss. Washington University faculty, including Lindburg Professor and Chair Craig A. Buchman, MD, have spent years working in support of the expanded coverage. In 2014, Buchman and colleagues – Teresa […]

Three new faculty join Otolaryngology

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The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine has added new faculty members to the voice and airway, pediatric, and comprehensive ENT practices. Jennifer V. Brinkmeier, MDAssociate Professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery A specialist in pediatric otolaryngology, Brinkmeier joined the department Sept. 1. She comes to Washington University from Saint Louis University […]