Vanderbilt Otology and Neurotology

Otologists at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center diagnose and treat ear disorders related to balance, hearing loss and skull base tumors. You can be confident our specialists have the knowledge to provide the full range of care you need.

Otology and Neurotology: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Expertise and experience: Research shows that centers that perform the most surgeries typically have better outcomes. We have done more than 25,000 ear surgeries, including more than 4,000 acoustic neuroma and other skull base tumor surgeries. Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson has been a leading hearing implant center for more than 30 years.
  • Patient-centered care: We work closely with experts in neurosurgery, audiology, radiation oncology, speech-language pathology and neurology. Together, we coordinate a personalized, compassionate care plan that meets your unique needs.
  • Leaders in research: Our specialists are world leaders in otology and neurotology research. Our team pioneers many of the latest innovations. These include image-guided cochlear implant programming, development of endoscopic ear procedures, and new approaches to treat acoustic neuromas, other skull base tumors and spinal fluid leaks. Our research is featured in the top medical journals (and even led one of our physicians to found a journal, Otology and Neurotology). Our dedication to research gives you access to the latest, proven treatment options and technologies available.
  • Clinical trials: As part of a leading academic medical center, we offer access to otology and audiology clinical trials. These research studies investigate new approaches to care that may not be available anywhere else.
  • Outcomes: Our programs in cochlear implants and ear surgeries, including endoscopic ear surgery, are among the busiest in the country. We also have one of the world’s largest databases. This lets us study and improve our outcomes. We publish our experience to inform others in the field and train future generations of otologists.

Conditions We Treat

  • Meniere’s disease
  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Sensorineural hearing loss
  • Otosclerosis
  • Sudden hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Chronic ear disease
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Paragangliomas
  • Endolymphatic sac tumors
  • Superior semicircular canal dehiscence
  • Meningiomas
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) otorrhea
  • Facial nerve tumors
  • Glomus tumors
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular migraine
  • Vestibular schwannoma
  • Congenital aural atresia
  • Ear canal disorders
  • Ear drum perforations
  • Bell’s palsy (facial paralysis)
  • Temporal bone trauma

Tests, Treatments and Services We Offer

  • Hearing tests (audiogram)
  • Hearing aid evaluations
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Cochlear implant evaluations
  • Cochlear implants
  • Stapedectomy
  • Bone-anchored implants
  • Repair of superior semicircular canal dehiscence
  • Surgery for cholesteatoma
  • Surgery to repair ear drum perforations, discharge or infection
  • Acoustic neuroma surgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Repair of cerebral spinal fluid leaks
  • Brain hernia repair
  • Middle ear (bone-anchored) evaluations
  • Middle ear implants
  • Single-sided deafness evaluation
  • Tinnitus evaluation and therapy
  • Balance function tests
  • Surgery for facial nerve tumors
  • Congenital atresia repair
  • Facial evaluation and therapy
  • Facial reanimation surgery
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Physical therapy
  • Vestibular rehabilitation


John S. Odess Clinic for Otolaryngology
Medical Center East, South Tower
1215 21st Ave. S., seventh floor
Nashville, TN 37232

Vanderbilt Otology Care Team

For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to Vanderbilt Otology, call (615) 343-0540.