department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery

Otology - Neurotology Division

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Paul R. Lambert, M.D.
Released: 07/02/2013

Paul R. Lambert, M.D. 

Medical Director
Otology - Neurotology Division

The mission of the Otology-Neurotology Division is three-fold:

  • To provide comprehensive patient care for all disease and disorders involving the ear and adjacent skull base
  • To educate students, colleagues and patients about hearing, balance and the facial nerve, emphasizing prevention and early detection of problems
  • To discover new knowledge that will enhance our diagnostic and treatment capabilities

Our Services

The division provides diagnostic, medical and surgical expertise for adults and children in the entire spectrum of otology-neurotology. We specialize in the following specific problems:

  • Tympanic membrane perforation
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Diseased or damaged ear bones
  • Otosclerosis
  • Meniere's disease
  • Sensorinural hearing loss
    • Hearing aids
    • Bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA)
    • Cochlear implants
  • Facial paralysis
  • Tumors of the ear
  • Congential malformations of the ear

Colleagues in head and neck oncology and neurosurgery often provide a multidisciplinary approach to optimize patient outcomes for complex skull base and intracranial tumors such as acoustic tumors and glomus tumors.

Our Programs

Dedicated programs have been developed in several areas that involve a team of physicians and audiologists. Examples include the Cochlear Implant Program and Vestibular–Balance Program. The division evaluates approximately 4,000 patients annually with a large percentage of patients requiring care for Meniere’s disease, otosclerosis, chronic ear disease/cholesteatoma, sensorineural hearing loss and congenital aural atresia.


Our educational efforts occur at multiple levels, including frequent community talks for the general population and more specific clinical and research updates for otolaryngologists and other physicians across the country.  Instruction in surgical technique is facilitated by an 11-station, state-of-the-art Temporal Bone Dissection Laboratory.


The Otology-Neurotology Division is associated with the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, which includes eight PhDs and a number of master’s degree level investigators. Multiple NIH grants fund cochlear physiology and aging of the auditory system investigations. Additional research areas include cochlear implants (psychoacoustic analyses) and vestibular function. Clinical trials involving acoustic tumors and cochlear implants are ongoing.

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