Otology and Neurotology


Bradley W. Kesser, MD

George T. Hashisaki, MD 

A. Tucker Gleason, Ph.D. 
Director, Audiology and Vestibular & Balance Center

Conditions Treated

  • Hearing loss, congenital and acquired
  • Hearing loss in children
  • Congenital aural atresia
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Otitis externa (Swimmer’s ear)
  • Tympanic membrane perforation (perforated ear drum)
  • Otosclerosis
  • Dizziness and balance disorders
  • Facial paralysis (including Bell’s palsy)
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Tumors of the skull base including acoustic neuroma, paraganglioma

Services Provided

  • Internationally recognized expertise in congenital aural atresia
  • Removal of complex lateral skull-base tumors
  • Tympanomastoidectomy
  • Tympanoplasty (Ear drum repair)
  • Stapedectomy
  • Ear tube placement
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Cochlear implant mapping and programming
  • Bone-anchored hearing aid placement
  • Hearing testing
  • Brainstem evoked response audiometry (ABR)
  • Hearing aid evaluation and hearing aid sales
  • Vestibular (balance) testing
  • Treatment for Meniere’s Disease

Nursing Staff

  • Lauda Harmon, MSN
  • Cassandra Roberts, MA
  • Sharon Reaves, MA

Patient Experience

Many new patients coming to the Division of Otology in the UVA Department of Otolaryngology, especially those presenting with complaints of hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness or balance problems, and chronic ear infections  can expect to be scheduled for a hearing test in Audiology prior to their appointment with Dr. Hashisaki or Dr. Kesser.  Audiology is located on the first floor of the 415 Ray C. Hunt Building,mjust below the Otolaryngology Clinic.

Following the hearing test, patients will come up to the second floor where they will be seen by Dr. Hashisaki or Kesser.  The encounter involves providing us with a directed, detailed history of the complaint including associated symptoms, exacerbating and relieving factors where appropriate, and impact on your quality of life.  The doctors will then examine you, review the hearing test or any imaging study (CT scan or MRI) and discuss treatment options.

We feel it is important for patients to understand the nature of the problem, the diagnosis, and all treatment options.  These will be explained in detail, and all questions will be answered.  Instructions and follow-up will also be discussed.

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