The UCLA Neurotology Program provides comprehensive management of temporal bone disorders.

Program Features

Otology/Neurotology - UCLA Division of Head and Neck Surgery

Faculty in the UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery comprise an interdisciplinary team for the evaluation and treatment of the gamut of neurotology disorders, including benign and malignant tumors, recurrent infections and disabling conditions resulting in loss of hearing and balance.

The UCLA Neurotology Program has been recognized as an NIH "Center of Excellence" in neurotology in the United States. Over 30 years of experience in clinical care, research and education provides patients with the most advanced medical and surgical therapies available today.  The UCLA Neurotology program is also recognized as one of the few centers of excellence designated by the State of California for cochlear implantation surgery

The program's Vestibular Function Testing Laboratory, established in 1961, developed computerized analysis and rotary testing that still serves as the gold standard for testing of vestibular function. A modern audiometric testing facility tests the newest hearing aid devices, including cochlear implants, making them available to patients as emerging technologies.

Program Approach

New patients receive an initial consultation by a neurotologist and, if appropriate, a neurologist or a neurosurgeon. Both medical and surgical therapies are available, depending on clinical findings. There is close coordination with other treatment specialists for trauma and cancer patients. Consultation reports on clinical findings and treatment recommendations are sent to referring physicians. Patients are returned to the care of their physicians upon conclusion of treatment.

Research Applications

Clinical and basic science research in neurotology, conducted by program faculty, involves the following:

  • Meniere's disease
  • Vestibular function
  • Inner-ear physiology
  • Tinnitus
  • Balance, including geriatric balance problems
  • Intra-operative monitoring
  • Tumors of the temporal bone and skull base

Indications for Patient Referral

Inner ear vasculature - Otology/Neurotology Program at UCLA
Inner ear vasculature: Surface preparation of the human stria vascularis. Blood vessels where stained with the issue of fluorescent isolectin.

Inner ear vasculature: Surface preparation of the human stria vascularis. Blood vessels where stained with the issue of fluorescent isolectin.

Referrals are made to the Vestibular Function Testing Laboratory for patients with dizziness and balance problems and to the Audiometric Testing Laboratory for patients with hearing deficiencies.

Patients with the following conditions are candidates for referral to the UCLA Neurotology Program:

  • Tumors of the temporal bone, including neuromas, acoustic neuromas, and Glomus tumors
  • Facial nerve disorders, including Bell's palsy
  • Meniere's disease
  • Disabling disorders affecting hearing and balance, such as tinnitus
  • Ossicular problems, including otosclerosis
  • Recurrent infections of the ear and temporal bone
  • Cochlear implantation

Our Expert Team

Akira Ishiyama, MD
Quinton Gopen, MD

Affiliated Faculty

Robert W Baloh, MD (Neurology)
Gail Ishiyama, MD  (Neurology)


For information, referral, and appointments, call: (310) 206-6688.