Dr. Oghalai specializes in otology, neurotology, and skull base surgery. He sees adult patients with hearing loss, chronic ear drainage, cholesteatoma, and tumors of the skull base. His adult clinc contains the latest in diagnostic tools, including audiology, vestibular testing, and videomicroscopy examination. Depending on the condition being treated, some patients will be evaluated by muliple specialists as part of a comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment strategy. Most commonly, these other specialists include audiology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, and neurophysiology. An electronic medical record system is used to coordinate an overall diagnostic and treatment protocol. When surgery is indicated, it occurs within the Stanford Hospital System.
The Stanford Children’s Hearing Center provides numerous therapeutic and surgical services for children from newborn to age 18 with hearing problems. Dr. Oghalai is the Medical Director of the Children’s Hearing Center. The center offers evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for the entire spectrum of conditions related to hearing in newborns, infants and children.
Due to the complex nature of hearing loss in children, Hearing Center services are provided by a team of pediatric specialists with expertise in a wide range of auditory, diagnostic and therapeutic areas. Those involved in the diagnosis and treatment of patients may include surgeons, audiologists and psychologists as well as speech, language and learning specialists. After start of treatment, Hearing Center specialists continue to work closely with a child’s family, teachers, school nurse and speech therapist to monitor progress.
Surgeries most frequently performed
- Cochlear implantation
- Procedures to treat a perforated eardrum, ear drainage, or cholesteatoma
- Procedures to treat conductive hearing loss for otosclerosis or other causes
- Tumors of the cranial base, such as vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma), meningioma, or malignant tumors
Scope of practice
- Congenital aural atresia
- Ear canal exostoses or stenosis
- Complex tympanic membrane perforation
- Cholesteatoma and chronic otitis media
- Conductive hearing loss due to middle ear bone problems
- Complications of otitis media (coalescent mastoiditis, intracranial abscess, temporal lobe encephalocele, etc.)
- Sensorineural hearing loss (mild, moderate, severe or profound)
- Skull base tumors (paraganglioma, chordoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, endolymphatic sac tumors, etc.)
- Vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma), including patients with neurofibromatosis
- Glomus tympanicum and jugulare tumors
- Superior semicircular canal dehiscence
- Temporal bone trauma
- Facial nerve palsy