Ear and Hearing Health

The Banner / University of Arizona divisions of Otology, Neurotology, Skull Base Surgery, Pediatric Otology, and Audiology are committed to providing the highest quality, state-of-the-art care for ear and hearing health.

To make an appointment, call (520) 694-8888 or fax a referral to (520) 694-1014.

Hearing Loss

  • About 37.5 million, or 15%, of American adults have some trouble hearing.
  • Hearing loss affects people of all ages. It is more common in older adults, with approximately 2 out of 3 adults who are older than 70 have hearing loss.
  • About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children born in the United States have detectable hearing loss.
  • More than 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
  • Untreated hearing loss has been linked to poor school and work performance, behavioral problems in children, lost income for adults, social isolation, depression, cognitive decline, and decreased quality of life.
  • Hearing loss can often be treated effectively with hearing aids or cochlear implants.
  • Among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30%) has ever used them. Even fewer adults aged 20 to 69 (approximately 16%) who could benefit from wearing hearing aids have ever used them.
  • For patients with more severe hearing loss who would benefit from a cochlear implant, it is estimated that less than 10% of those who meet criteria for an implant actually receive this treatment.

Clinical Care

The Banner/University of Arizona Ear and Hearing Health team is here to help you and your loved ones with any ear or hearing related issues. We offer medical and surgical treatments to children and adults; no one is too young or too old.

Conditions that we commonly treat include:

  • Hearing loss of all types
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Chronic otitis media
  • Cochlear implants
  • Bone-anchored hearing implants
  • Tympanic membrane perforation (ruptured ear drum)
  • Otosclerosis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Cerumen or ear wax impaction
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Otitis externa or swimmer's ear
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
  • Spinal fluid leaks in the ear or nose
  • Superior semicircular canal dehiscence
  • Tumors of the ear and temporal bone, such as acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma

Statement on Diversity and Safety

We are committed to providing the highest level of care to patients of all ages, races, genders, socioeconomic status, and cultural backgrounds. We have interpreter services available. With regard to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, we have overhauled our clinic and operating settings to ensure the safety of you, your loved ones, our staff, and our providers. For more information on what our department is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 please see the following COVID-19 updates.

To make an appointment, call (520) 694-8888 or fax a referral to (520) 694-1014.