Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)/Otology

About Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)/Otology

Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) is a surgical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat. Otology is a sub-specialty of ENT that is specifically concerned with diseases and conditions of the ear. An ENT physician is seen for a variety of reasons, including dizziness, hearing loss, deafness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), chronic ear infections (otitis media), Meniere’s disease, abnormal bone growth in the middle ear that results in hearing loss (otosclerosis), a benign tumor of the nerve connecting the ear to the brain (vestibular schwannoma/acoustic neuroma), a skin cyst in the middle ear and mastoid (cholesteatoma), a ruptured eardrum (tympanic perforation), temporal bone fractures, sudden hearing loss or deafness.

At UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, our ENT specialists treat conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat through the following services and surgical procedures:

  • Hearing evaluations and hearing aid consultation
  • Tympanoplasty – Surgical technique to repair/reconstruct a damaged eardrum
  • Stapedectomy – Surgical procedure of the middle ear to treat hearing loss caused by otosclerosis
  • Cholesteatoma surgery
  • Cochlear Implants – Surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound for individuals who are profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing
  • Baha Implant – A bone anchored hearing aid that reroutes sound by sending it through the bone
  • Pressure Equalizer (PE) Tubes/Ventilation Tubes – A small tube inserted into the eardrum to ventilate and equalize pressure in the middle ear, decreasing the frequency of ear infections
  • Gamma Knife surgery – A noninvasive neurosurgical tool used to treat acoustic neuroma
  • Aural Atresia surgery – Surgical option for individuals born without a well-formed ear canal, known as congenital aural atresia. In this procedure, a new opening in the ear canal is created to restore functional hearing

UNM SRMC’s ENT Clinic works in conjunction with the Division of Otolaryngology at the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine. For more information about otolaryngology at UNM, please visit their website.

Making an Appointment

Our ENT Clinic offers appointments every Monday and Tuesday. To make an appointment, please call 505.994.7397.

For your appointment: Please remember to bring relevant medical records, imaging on discs, audiograms and a current list of all medications.