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Otology, Neurotology, Skull Base Surgery

Tampa Bay Area ENT Specializing in Ear Problems

Loren J. Bartels M.D., FACS, Christopher J. Danner M.D., FACS, and Kyle P. Allen M.D., MPH welcome you to our center.

Our team of nationally recognized physicians have a combined 75 years of experience in the field of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery. We are passionate about advancing the management and treatment of complex ear disorders and use a combination of novel, leading edge, and traditional approaches to ear health. Our physicians are well known for their patient focused and compassionate approach to medicine and will provide you and your family with the expertise you need and deserve to live a happier and more active life. Tampa Bay Hearing and Balance Center is a Best Doctors of America® based practice that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ear, hearing, balance, facial nerve, and skull based medical problems. We are among the most active cochlear implant centers in the United States and participate nationally in clinical trials cochlear implant research. Our comprehensive and evidenced based evaluation and treatment addresses a wide range of vestibular disorders including BPPV, Ménière's disease, vestibular migraine, and other balance problems. We strive to provide excellent hearing and balance services to meet our patient’s physical, emotional, and life-style needs. We look forward to providing you with top quality care.

Sudden Hearing Loss

The onset of sudden hearing loss can be the cause of significant stress and worry in the affected individual. Sudden hearing can be the result of numerous different causes. In general, there are two types of hearing loss. One is conductive hearing loss, in which there is a problem getting sound from the environment to the inner ear. In conductive hearing loss, there is typically a problem with the external ear canal, eardrum, or middle ear. In the second general category of

Acoustic Neuroma

An Acoustic neuroma is the most common skull base tumor that involves the ear. It is a benign (not cancerous) tumor that typically begins in the balance nerve, the eighth cranial nerve. The eighth cranial nerve carries both the hearing and balance sensation from the ear to the brain. The eighth cranial nerve runs next to the facial nerve (7th cranial nerve) and the blood supply to the inner ear. The acoustic neuroma usually starts in the internal ear canal, but occasionally arises on the eighth nerve closer to the brainstem.

Naída CI Q70

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Otosclerosis may cause hearing loss in children and adults with an incidence of about 8 per 100,000 population per year. In otosclerosis, abnormal bone grows around the footplate of the stapes.

Florida's Cochlear Implant Center

Loren J Bartels MD FACS, Christopher J Danner MD FACS, and Kyle P. Allen MD MPH run one of the busiest and most respected cochlear implant centers in the State of Florida. We are a Best Doctors of America® based practice. Along with our team of doctoral level Audiologists you will find your time with us to be comprehensive and pleasant. We are here for you from your initial consultation and decision making process through your follow up care and ongoing device maintenance and programming.

Ménière's Disease

Ménière's disease is an inner ear disorder classically consisting of vertigo spells preceded by fluctuating hearing loss and fluctuating ear noise in one ear. Noise in the affected ear can be a loud ringing, roaring, loud horn noise, seashell noise, or another ear noise. In Ménière's disease, the noise is usually louder in the affected ear just before, during, and immediately following the spells. The vertigo spells are typically a spinning or tilting sensation commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sometimes diarrhea and/or marked sweating (diaphoresis).


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