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Otology and Neurotology

Boy with cochlear implant, blonde hairUR Medicine Otologists (ENT physicians who specialize in disorders of the ear) at the University of Rochester Medical Center specialize in non-surgical and surgical treatment of diseases of the ears, hearing, and the vestibular system. Our specialists perform hundreds of procedures and surgeries every year, so patient care is always in the hands of well-practiced experts.

In fact, as part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, our physicians are exposed to more complex conditions and unusual complications than most physicians in the area.

As one of the only centers providing cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing systems in our region, UR Medicine otolaryngologyists partner with UR Medicine Audiology and other audiologists across the Finger Lakes region, Buffalo, and Syracuse, to make care convenient and accessible for patients traveling from near and far. 

Many physicians are also involved in research to find new treatments for ENT-related diseases. All of our doctors are board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. 

Common conditions UR Medicine Otologists treat: 

Procedures offered by UR Medicine Otologists

  • Cochlear implants 
  • Myringotomy and ventilation tubes
  • Tympanoplasty (ear drum repair) and mastoidectomy
  • Otosclerosis and stapes surgery
  • Surgical treatments for tumors of the temporal bone and ear
  • Surgical treatments for Meniere’s Disease and Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome

Hearing Systems

We are one of the only centers in our region to offer bone-anchored hearing systems, including the Cochlear Osia, Baha, Ponto and Adhear. These can be used for conductive hearing loss and single-sided deafness.

Meet Our Team

Benjamin CraneBenjamin T. Crane, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Crane is an expert in otology and neurotology who also has a research background in disorders of the vestibular system. His research aims to better understand human motion perception and spatial orientation using psychophysical and engineering techniques to study head motion and its interaction with visual stimuli. Current studies involve healthy individuals, patients with vestibular hypofunction, and patients with dizziness symptoms related to common central integration disorders such as migraine associated vertigo. His clinical interests include single sided deafness, cochlear implants, acoustic neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma), otosclerosis, cholesteatoma, vestibular disorders, superior canal dehiscence syndrome, and facial nerve disorders. Dr. Crane is a graduate of the M.D.-Ph.D. program at University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a Ph.D. studying vestibular control of eye movement in humans. He was fellowship-trained in neurotology at John Hopkins Hospital. 

Paul DutcherPaul O. Dutcher, M.D.

Dr. Dutcher has specialized in medical otology and neurotology since he joined the University of Rochester Medical Center's otolaryngology faculty in 1983. Dr. Dutcher is a graduate of the ENT residency program at URMC, where he also completed an internship in Surgery. He was fellowship-trained in otolaryngology at St. Vincent's Medical Center. Dr. Dutcher's particular areas of expertise include disorders of the ear and hearing, and disorders of balance and dizziness.

John WaymanJohn W. Wayman, M.D.

Dr. Wayman specializes in otology/neurotology with a special interest in hearing and hearing loss, as well as dizziness and balance disorders. A native of Ithaca, New York, Dr. Wayman is a graduate of Hamilton College and received his medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook. He completed his residency training in otolaryngology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He completed his fellowship training in otology/neurotology at the Michigan Ear Institute before returning to Rochester in 1992 to establish his practice.


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