For nearly the past two decades, the UI Hospitals and Clinics
Otolaryngology Department has been ranked in the top 3 in the country
by its peers.
Members of our otolaryngology team diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat using state-of-the-art procedures and facilities. Clinical specialists in speech and swallowing, audiology, balance disorders and tinnitus are among the many professionals who make it possible to offer our patients complete and coordinated care.
The Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is one of the oldest departments in the United
States and one of the most comprehensive in the world. It is ranked 9th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (2014 rankings).
Our clinical facilities are among the largest of their kind in the world (40,000 square-feet) and are
truly a premier, world-class care center.
We were the first hospital in the United States to implant a multichannel cochlear implant that
helps deaf patients hear sounds that can be interpreted as speech.
Since that time, more than 600 children and adults have received implants at UI
Hospitals and Clinics.
Each year, we receive $5 million in grants from the National Institutes of
Health to conduct research.
We have the largest NIH-funded center in the world devoted to cochlear implant
clinical research and the only NIH clinical center for the study of cochlear
We were the world's first cochlear implant center to develop a new type of cochlear
implant that combines residual acoustic hearing with cochlear implant technology
that provides improved word understanding and near-normal appreciation of music.
We are the first and only hospital in Iowa to use a reconstructive surgical technique
called distraction osteogenesis to aid patients of all ages with airway and
The Iowa Cleft Palate program was one of first established in the United States.
We led the nation's largest clinical trial for
tinnitus (ringing in the ears) ever funded by the government.
Academic Departments that Provide Otolaryngology Care