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Since the sequencing of the human genome, major developments in our understanding of otology and neurotology have taken place; diagnostic measures have been transformed, and the underlying genetics of a variety of diseases affecting the ear have already been unraveled. Otorhinolaryngologists and head and neck surgeons will find this monograph an invaluable resource for the management of neurotological problems in their patients. The contributors are internationally renowned, and many of them are affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, a leading center for neurotology and otology. The text thus emphasizes state-of-the-art developments in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of hearing, balance and the facial nerve. Scientific and clinical pathophysiology is reflected throughout. This volume is a key reference guide for medical students, general practitioners, and aspiring otolaryngologists and otologists.