The human ear is extremely complicated and is commonly considered to be the most complex of the human senses. The ear’s main purpose is to transform sound waves from the air into an electrical signal that can be interpreted by the brain. The human ear can perceive a broad range of tones and loudness levels, can help you determine the direction from which a sound came, and can pick out the voice you want to hear from all of the background sounds. There are several ear diseases and ear related disorders that can affect the major divisions of the ear: the external ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain.

by Brandon Pletsch


The House Clinic physicians are neurotologists, experts in the care of the ear, hearing, and balance. In addition, neurotologists are expert in the care of skull base diseases, a number of conditions involving the complex anatomy of the brain, cranial nerves, blood vessels, and ear and hearing structures at the junction of the base of the head and the neck.

Acoustic neuroma, hearing loss, tinnitus, chronic ear infections, congenital disorders, facial nerve disorders, neurofibromatosis type 2, and skull base tumors are some of the conditions that can affect the ear. Choose a category from the menu to the left to learn more about a particular ear disease.