Diagnostic tests for Hearing loss (program ID: 249063)

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

location_on Halle, Germany
9.6/10 from 78 Votes
Specialized hospital
Stefan Plontke

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Stefan Plontke

Specialized in: adult and pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck surgery

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • review of medical records
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
    • indicators of inflammation (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators of blood coagulation
  • otorhinolaryngological examination:
    • Dix-Hallpike testing
    • nystagmus  testing
    • speech audiometry 
    • tympanometry 
    • eustachian tube testing
    • testing of blood pressure and buzzing
      for tinnitus examination
    • otoacoustic emission test
    • brainstem audiometry 
    • VEMP (Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential)  testing 
    • video head impulse testing 
    • eye movement testing
    • CT of petrous pyramid (on indication 650 €)
    • contrast-enhanced MR imaging on labyrinth in 3D (on indication 1200 €)
  • nursing services
  • consultation of related specialists
  • consultation of the chief physician and all leading experts
  • development of individual treatment plan
  • written statement
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About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University Hospital Halle (Saale) offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment in these medical fields, including high-quality medical care in the field of phoniatrics and pedaudiology. The department is a certified Center for Head and Neck Surgery (certificate of the German Cancer Society), as well as an interdisciplinary Center for Skull Base Surgery. An important focus is also cochlear implantation in adults and children, including rehabilitation and follow-up care after the treatment of hearing impairments. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Plontke. According to the Focus magazine, the Professor has been regularly ranked among the top German doctors since 2013!

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics of hearing loss in children and adults
  • Ear microsurgery to improve hearing in chronic inflammatory processes and laser surgery in otosclerosis
  • Cochlear implantation to treat hearing impairment, including restoration of speech and hearing after the surgical interventions
  • Implantation of hearing aids (treatment of hearing loss using electronic hearing aids)
  • Inner ear surgery, for example, in Meniere's disease or dehydration syndrome of the semicircular canals
  • Diagnostics, surgery and supportive treatment of head and neck tumors (in interdisciplinary collaboration with the Cancer Center Halle)
  • Pharyngeal and tracheal surgery, removal of cervical lymph nodes and cysts
  • Laser surgery in case of oral, cervical and laryngeal tumors, as well as nasal surgery
  • Skull base navigation surgery (in collaboration with the Department of Neurosurgery)
  • Microscopic and endoscopic surgery of the nasal cavity and maxillary sinuses using navigation systems
  • Facial plastic and aesthetic surgery (nose, ear reshaping, etc.)
  • Treatment of head and neck injuries of varying severity, including skull base surgery
  • Diagnostics and treatment of snoring and sleep-related breathing disorders (somnology)
  • Conservative treatment and surgical correction of functional and pathological changes in the nasal cavity (rhinology)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of allergic diseases (for example, provocative skin testing)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of balance disorders (electrophysiology and neuro-otology)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of speech and voice disorders (phoniatrics and pedaudiology)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of otolaryngologic infectious diseases (inflamed tonsils, middle ear, erysipelas of the face and shingles, as well as life-threatening infections, such as deep neck abscess and skull base osteomyelitis)
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Dr. med. Plontke is the Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University Hospital Halle (Saale). He studied medicine at the Charité in Berlin (1990 - 1997). He graduated with the grade "summa cum laude". Between 1999 and 2003, Prof. Plontke was an Assistant Physician in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University Hospital Tuebingen and conducted research as a Team Leader at the Hearing Research Center Tuebingen (THRC). Two years later he was appointed as a Senior Physician of the department and habilitated in 2006. Prof. Plontke is a reviewer for various medical journals, whereas his professional activities were distinguished with a variety of awards. He has been working at the University Hospital Halle (Saale) since 2010.

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