New York City had a population of 150,000 and the Statue of Liberty did not yet exist – but poor New Yorkers could get expert treatment for eye and ear diseases at a brand-new, specialized infirmary. Founded in 1820, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEEI) today is the largest provider of eye care in America, and operates one of the most extensive ear, nose and throat clinics in the nation.
Our clinics continue to serve a huge, diverse and underserved population. We also have treated some of the wealthiest and most famous people in the world,” says Ronald A. Hoffman, MD, Director of The Ear Institute at NYEEI. Parents, especially, value the services The Ear Institute provides for infants and children affected by hearing loss and auditory processing disorders.
Pediatric ear care in one location
“One thing that differentiates The Ear Institute from others is that we provide total ear care services for children at one site,” says Dr. Hoffman. Parents welcome the one-stop option because children with hearing loss often need numerous health care and assistive services and must see a variety of specialists – which they can do all at The Ear Institute.”
A comprehensive care team
At the Institute, Dr. Hoffman and his colleagues diagnose and care for children with everything from routine ear infections and hearing loss to ear tumors and balance disorders. The comprehensive Ear Institute team includes:
- Pediatric audiologists who perform hearing tests.
- Pediatric hearing aid specialists who place hearing aids.
- Social workers with expertise in assisting families with hearing loss.
- Pediatric speech and language specialists.
- An educator who meets with parents to make sure their child is placed in the right school environment.
- Ear, nose and throat surgeons to place cochlear implants, if needed.
- Specially trained audiologists who do the preoperative evaluation and the post-operative programming.
In addition, the Institute provides early intervention assistance for children ages three and younger.
Normal kids, terrific outcomes
“At the end of the day, if you bring all of this expertise together, the outcome is just a terrific kid, who wears hearing aids or cochlear implants and attends a regular school,” says Dr. Hoffman. “A lot of kids from our program have gone to Harvard, Yale and many other great universities.”
Learn more about pediatric ear care and The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary by visiting nyee.edu or calling 1-855-411-LWNY (5969).