The Duke Division of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences is at the forefront of clinical research and trials that seek to improve treatment for hearing and balance disorders, head and neck cancer, and voice, speech, and swallowing disorders.
Researchers in the division are involved in a breadth of projects related to hearing and balance disorders, assistive technologies, swallowing disorders, and speech and voice disorders.
Hearing and Balance Research
Speech and voice research
Division researchers have patented a laser Doppler flowmetry probe that provides real-time monitoring of blood flow in the inner ear and nerves during surgery for the removal of skull base tumors. This improved monitoring improves hearing preservation rates.
The probe is also being used by the Division of Neurosurgery to monitor blood flow in at-risk portions of the brain during aneurysm surgery.
Duke enrolls patients in many clinical trials, including a multi-center trial accessing how chemoradiation versus laryngectomy for head and neck cancer affects swallowing and speech.