Otology and Neurotology

The Johns Hopkins Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery team is comprised of otolaryngologists who have specialized training to diagnose and treat disorders of the inner ear, auditory nerve and base of the skull. They help people who have conditions such as superior canal dehiscence, acoustic neuromas and tumors of the skull base. 

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Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Otology and Neurotology

Advanced Research

Johns Hopkins continues to develop advancements in technology to diagnose superior canal dehiscence, acoustic neuromas and other tumors of the skull base.

Multi-Specialty Team

Our team comprises specially trained head and neck surgeons working in multidisciplinary teams including skull base surgeons and neurologists.

Comprehensive Care

We offer each patient a thorough and comprehensive approach that encompasses medical, surgical and behavioral treatments to improve your quality of life. 

Conditions We Treat

The Johns Hopkins Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery team provides state-of-the-art care to patients with:

Tumors and Disorders of the Ear and Lateral Skull Base

Hearing Loss

  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Congenital hearing loss
  • Otosclerosis
  • Ossicular erosion
  • Sudden hearing loss
  • Autoimmune inner ear disease

Chronic Ear Conditions

Otology & Neurotology Video Library

Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome – Getting a Correct Diagnosis

Johns Hopkins otologist and SCDS surgeon John Carey, M.D., discusses the importance of getting an accurate SCDS diagnosis, as this condition can be misdiagnosed. Learn about the symptoms of SDCS and what tests are needed for an accurate diagnosis.

Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome – Patient and Physician Discuss Hospital Stay After SCDS Surgery

Steph shares her experiences of staying at The Johns Hopkins Hospital after two surgeries to repair bilateral SCDS with her surgeon, John Carey, M.D. Learn about what she packed, her vestibular therapy and her hospital stay.

Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome Surgery – Patient and Physician Discuss One-Sided SCDS Repair

Carrie discusses what it was like facing a one-sided superior canal dehiscence syndrome (SCDS) repair with her Johns Hopkins surgeon, John Carey, M.D. Hear about her concerns, how she coped with her presurgical anxiety and how she feels now having gone through the procedure.

Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome Surgery – Patient and Physician Discuss Post-Surgery Experience

Ben discusses his post-operative experience following his first SCDS surgical repair with his surgeon, John Carey. M.D., from Johns Hopkins. Hear about Ben’s recovery, the symptoms he experienced, his participation in vestibular therapy and when he was able to return to normal activities.

Age-Related Hearing Loss (Presbycusis)

Nurse practitioner Rachel Hisim talks about presbycusis, which is age-related hearing loss that happens gradually in high pitches in both ears.

Vestibular Migraine Headaches

Nurse practitioner Rachel Hisim discusses vestibular migraine headaches, which are categorized as atypical and marked by dizziness, ear pain, sinus pressure or ringing in the ear.

 Meet Our Specialists

Get to know our multidisciplinary team of skull base surgeons, neurologists, nurses and other medical specialists.

Nurse Practitioners

Barbara Gottschalk, MSN, CRNP

Certifications: American Nurse Credentialing Center Adult Nurse Practitioner, American College of Nurse Midwives
Clinical Interests: Otology and Cochlear implants

 Barbara Gottschalk, MSN, CRNP

Rachel Hisim, MSN, CRNP

Rachel Hisim, MSN, CRNP