Pediatric Otolaryngology or ENT (ear, nose, and throat) care at Cleveland Clinic Children's is provided by a centralized team of pediatric otolaryngologists (surgeons), specially trained pediatric ENT nurse practitioners, and pediatric ENT nurses who have advanced training in the care of children and adolescent patients.
We provide complex care and coordination, at the highest level, by partnering with experts from various specialties at Cleveland Clinic Children's. We leverage the expertise of these providers to offer a multidisciplinary approach to challenging pediatric ENT conditions, including unique conditions such as hearing loss, aerodigestive/tracheostomy care and cleft care where a team approach is utilized.
We believe that providing excellent care goes beyond state-of-the-art equipment and the latest techniques. It also means providing that care with compassion. As a parent or family member, you play a vital role in your child’s health. Please feel free to ask questions, and let us know how we can best serve your needs.
Pediatric Otolaryngology Leadership
What We Treat
Otolaryngologists focus on the diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, throat, and head and neck disorders. We treat a wide range of complex ENT disorders, such as:
- Airway Obstruction
- Broken Nose
- Cleft Lip and Palate
- Congenital anomalies of the ear and nose
- Ear Infections
- Facial trauma
- Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (formerly known as Wegener's)
- Hearing Impairment
- Head and neck cancer
- Implantable hearing devices
- Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma
- Middle Ear Infections and Cholesteatoma
- Minimally invasive and open surgical procedures for drooling
- Nasal Obstruction
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Salivary gland diseases
- Sore Throat
- Thyroid Nodules
- Tracheal Stenosis and Airway Obstruction
- Tracheotomy and Decannulation
- Tumors, Cysts and Infections of the head and neck
- VPI (Velopharyngeal Insufficiency)
We also care for children who may develop ENT problems as a result of a congenital or acquired disorder or disease, such as:
Pediatric Center for Airway, Voice and Swallowing Disorders
Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Center for Airway, Voice and Swallowing Disorders offers integrated assessment and care from multiple medical and surgical specialists for infants and children. Patients with complex medical conditions, including respiratory tract, swallowing and digestive issues can often be seen at a single location during one afternoon visit.
We see all child and adolescent patients with complex congenital or acquired aerodigestive disorders, not just young patients on ventilators or with tracheostomies.
Our staff includes:
A sequence of visits is tailored for each child, who typically spends 30 minutes with each specialist. The team later holds a debriefing to discuss findings, progress and the treatment plan.
During the clinic, in-office diagnostic procedures and periodic endoscopic airway assessments can be performed. If additional problems are discovered, they can be addressed at the same visit. Should surgical intervention be required, both the diagnostic pulmonary assessment and the procedure itself are done under a single anesthesia.
For information on the Pediatric Center for Airway, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders, please call 216.444.3061.
Pediatric Hearing Management Clinic (PHMC)
The Pediatric Hearing Management Clinic provides a comprehensive, family-centered approach to the evaluation and management of children with hearing impairment. Our multidisciplinary team is focused on patient care, education and research.
The PHMC treats children who have been diagnosed with the following:
- Congenital deafness
- Unilateral or bilateral sensorineural hearing loss
- Auditory neural spectrum disorder
- Conductive hearing loss caused by aural atresia, microtia and ossicular abnormalities
All of a child’s hearing health care providers are in one setting through the PHMC, which is convenient for parents because multiple appointments with several pediatric specialists can be scheduled within one block of time. Each PHMC session is scheduled for approximately two hours, and children spend time with each specialist for evaluation.
Specialists from several areas may be involved in the child’s evaluation and management process. Below is a brief description of the evaluations.
Pediatric Ear Surgery
The pediatric otolaryngology visit includes an examination of the child and discussion of possible etiologies of the hearing impairment. Laboratory and radiologic evaluations may be recommended and arranged. Treatment options, including possible surgical interventions when applicable, are discussed.
Topics covered during appointments with the audiologist include an overview of the hearing management process, discussion of the child’s hearing sensitivity and its possible implications, an overview of hearing assistive technology, and a review of support organizations. Children in the PHMC will still be seen for separate appointments by pediatric audiologists as they go through the hearing (re)habilitation process.
During the Communication Consult the child’s auditory (“listening” skills), speech (sound production and speech intelligibility), and language (receptive and expressive vocabulary/grammar, etc.) skills and abilities will be discussed and assessed.
The genetic counselor will take a detailed family history and review the child’s medical history for features suggestive of known genetic causes of hearing loss. Appropriate genetic testing may be offered and recurrence risks for family members will also be reviewed. Referral for a formal physical examination by a medical geneticist may also be offered.
At the conclusion of the appointments, the team will evaluate and discuss the child’s case and determine the best management plan for the child and family and share the results. Some insurance companies exclude coverage for hearing loss. Please contact your insurance provider if you are unsure if hearing loss is covered.
To make an appointment in the Pediatric Hearing Management Clinic or if you have questions, please call our coordinator at 216.445.0075.
- Health Library – Index of ENT-related topics
- American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (ACPA)
- Children with Medical Handicaps Program (BCMH)
Pediatric ENT contact Number for BCMH: 216-445-0075; option 4
- Cleveland Clinic Children's Child Life Services
Child Life Services offers surgery tours and a variety of programs to help your child prepare for surgery and during their inpatient stay
- Fresh Air Camp
Pediatric Otolaryngology Appointments
Specialty Programs Contact Information
- Pediatric Center for Airway, Voice and Swallowing Disorders (PCAVS)
- Pediatric Multidisciplinary Hearing Center (PMHC)
216.445.0075, option 4