Mobile hearing/speech clinic serves St. Louis at-risk children

Children at risk for hearing and speech disorders can’t always access the clinical evaluation and follow-up care they need. A new mobile hearing and speech clinic helps solve that problem for the greater St. Louis area. The new mobile hearing and speech clinic was delivered to St. Louis Children’s Hospital Feb. 20. The unit is […]

Our doctors are among the first to offer Osia for hearing loss

Otolaryngologists at Washington University School of Medicine are among the first in the Midwest to implant the Osia System to improve hearing for patients with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, and single-sided sensorineural deafness. During an early introduction of the new system this winter, Jacques Herzog, MD, Cameron Wick, MD, and Craig Buchman, MD, […]

Improving patient access

Dr. Dunsky with pediatric patient

The Department of Otolaryngology is working hard to improve the patient experience. Allison Ogden, MD, is heading the “Patient Access” committee and reports on the group’s progress to make every phase of the patient experience better. What is the project to expand access?  “Patient access” in the ENT Department means that patients should see the […]

Speech-language pathologists help patients regain function

Some of the greatest difficulties that accompany head and neck cancer is the loss of speech and swallowing ability. Basic functions of communication make us feel human and connect us with others, so their loss can be devastating. Our team of specially trained speech-language pathologists (SLP) helps adults with speech and swallowing rehabilitation after head […]

Setting the tone for every patient visit: The PSR effect

The first face every patient sees, and sometimes the first voice they hear, is the one that sets the tone for every visit. Setting a tone that can lead to optimal quality patient care is the job of the PSR or Patient Services Representative. There are 20 PSRs at work in our department, located in […]

Growing to serve more patients

To enhance patient care and access, the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University is growing.  By the end of 2020, we will be able to serve adults and children all the way from Jefferson County to North County and from West County to Illinois. “Better clinical spaces, more locations and additional talented faculty and staff […]

Mindfulness-based stress reduction a promising treatment for tinnitus

Headshot of Dr. Piccirillo with WashU shield

As many as 20% of people may experience tinnitus, the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. While it’s usually not a sign of something serious, the phantom noise created by tinnitus can interfere with the ability to concentrate, hear external sound, sleep, and sometimes even enjoy life. Common causes for tinnitus include age-related […]

Center for Hearing and Balance Disorders: Using TEAM to optimize patient care

Established 25 years ago by neurotology specialist Jacques Herzog, MD, The Center for Hearing and Balance Disorders treats patients with all types of diseases of the ear and related structures – hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, and much more.  Dr. Herzog founded the center with the goal of providing the best patient experience possible. The tight […]

Helping patients look and feel their best

Photo of Drs Branham, Spataro and Chi

Drs. Gregory H. Branham, John Chi and Emily A. Spataro are facial plastic surgeons who combine the artistry of cosmetic enhancement with the science of corrective surgery. At the Washington University Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center, they offer a wide variety of cosmetic facial enhancements, treat complex facial nerve disorders and are leaders in […]

Adult audiology: setting national standards for patient care

Audiology student examines ear of a patient

The standard of care is outstanding for most clinical specialties at Washington University/BJC, including audiology. At least that’s what the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) thinks. AAA chose Washington University’s adult audiology as a model for patient care for the development of two best practices guidelines. The first guideline outlined best practices for the selection, […]

New clinic provides the benefits of more comprehensive care

In the November edition, our first edition, of Under the Scope, we shared the exciting news about our CAM 11th  floor clinic expansion plans.   It is now complete! Designed to provide our patients the benefits of more comprehensive care, this expansion brings together all of our  adult  clinical services – otology, head and neck cancer, […]

Cancer survivors’ group meeting offers hope and reassurance

cancer survivors group meeting

The Head & Neck Cancer Survivorship Clinic meets the third Wednesday of each month, 6:00-7:00PM, in a large conference room at the Center for Advanced Medicine. You might think these meetings would be rather somber given the nature of this disease. You would be wrong. The patients, which number 15-20 on any given evening, are […]

Optimizing care for professional singers

The Washington University Voice & Airway Center has seen tremendous growth over the past five years and continues to provide outstanding voice care to the St. Louis region. The Center is currently comprised of two laryngologists (Randall C. Paniello, MD and Joseph P. Bradley, MD), two voice-trained speech-language pathologists (Archie Harmon, PhD and Megan Radder, […]