The pediatric otolaryngology specialists at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health offer leading edge care for ear disease and hearing restoration. Whether a patient needs ear tubes to help manage chronic ear infections, or cochlear implantation to correct hearing loss, our otologists are fellowship trained in the medical and surgical treatment of chronic ear problems.

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health was instrumental in the federal approval for the use of cochlear implants in infants and children and remains one of the largest pediatric cochlear implant centers in the world as well as the only one in the state that is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Riley at IU Health team is a pioneer in the new field of brain stem implants for the hearing impaired.


Riley at IU Health offers advanced treatment options for patients suffering from ear diseases and hearing loss, including:

  • Cochlear Implantation: surgical placement of an electronic hearing device into the cochlea, the hearing organ of the inner ear. The cochlear implant uses an electrical current to stimulate hearing nerve fibers and transmit sound to an external device.  Children as young as 12 months of age can receive a cochlear implant.
  • Bone-anchored hearing aids: implantable hearing devices, which work by stimulating the inner ear through the bone.
  • Medical treatment: for chronic ear infection, such as ear drops to treat ear drainage.
  • Placement of tubes: minor surgery to place tiny pressure-equalizing tubes in the ear canal in order to help fluid to drain and reduce ear infection.
  • Variety of advanced surgeries for chronic ear disease, including tympanoplasty (repair of the eardrum and/or bones of hearing), myringoplasty (closing a hole in the eardrum), and mastoidectomy (removal of disease from infected bone surrounding the ear)