Otology, Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery

Paul R. Lambert, M.D. examining a patient

MUSC Health Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) provides comprehensive care for all diseases and disorders involving the ear and adjacent skull base in children and adults. We evaluate and treat approximately 5,000 patients annually and we would be pleased to assist you or your loved ones. Please call us at 843-792-3531 to schedule an appointment with our team.

Fellowship Trained

Our ENT physicians have received fellowship training, which is one to two years of additional training in a specific area beyond basic ENT residency. Because their practice is limited to their specialty, they have become highly skilled and offer unparalleled experience.

Multidisciplinary Approach

At MUSC Health, we take an interdisciplinary approach to evaluating each case – this means a group of doctors from several disciplines will weigh in to determine the best treatment plan. Your dedicated otologist (ear doctor) may collaborate with an audiologist (hearing loss and balance disorder specialist), speech-language pathologist, physical therapist (movement specialist), and pharmacist to listen to your concerns, assess symptoms and identify a diagnosis. Depending on the particular disease or disorder identified, other specialties may become involved, including neurotology, neurosurgery, interventional radiology, oncologists, and infectious disease specialists.


The word “doctor” originates from the Latin word meaning “to teach” and we take this definition seriously. Just as we teach our residents and fellows how to provide excellent patient care, we teach patients about their diagnosis and treatment. Your team of MUSC Health specialists will discuss treatment options with you to determine the action plan for next steps.

Technology and Research

Collaboration between disciplines and specialized programs with advanced technology are designed to improve patient outcomes. MUSC Health is one of the few U.S. centers with a multidisciplinary team in one location, and MUSC Health ENT is the largest division of its kind in the Southeast U.S. We have one of the largest and best-funded ear and hearing research centers in the entire country, with focus areas ranging from basic science to clinical trials, enabling the most advanced treatments available.

Otology Services

  • Hearing Loss Diagnostic Testing & Treatment
    From hearing aids to cochlear implantation, to repairing eardrums and middle ear bones, we provide comprehensive management of all causes of hearing loss in children and adults. Learn more about the causes and treatments of hearing loss.

  • Ear Infections
    Ear infections are common and can range in severity from otitis media to cholesteatoma. We are trained and equipped to manage the full spectrum.

  • Cochlear Implant Program
    Cochlear implants are a surgical option for treatment of hearing loss, and we perform this procedure hundreds of times each year.

  • Vestibular and Balance Disorders
    Vertigo is a temporary, episodic or persistent sensation of spinning dizziness, often accompanied by sweating or nausea. Our vestibular and balance program provides comprehensive management of all causes of imbalance and vertigo.

  • Skull Base Program
    While acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwannomas) and cerebrospinal fluid leaks are the most common pathologies, we also provide exceptional management of more rare skull base lesions.

  • Tinnitus Treatment
    Tinnitus is ringing, buzzing, hissing or clicking in the head, and our team is equipped to manage and treat all causes.