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Department of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Heidi Olze
otolaryngology, head and neck surgery

About the department

The department of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at the University Hospital Charite Berlin offer the entire therapy spectrum of diseases of ear, nose and throat (ENT). The team consists of 25 experienced and skilled doctors who perform 3,500 operations and observe around 40,000 patients yearly. Moreover, the unit cooperates closely with the specialists in neurosurgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery departments, which ensures a multidisciplinary approach to severe medical conditions. In addition, the clinic is engaged in national and international experimental and clinical research in rhinology, allergology, otoneurology, etc. Finally, it is worth mentioning that the head physician of the otolaryngology centre is a member of German and European societies and working groups for otolaryngology, allergology and immunology. 

The medical focus of the department lies in the detailed diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of nose and nasal sinuses conditions, especially diseases of allergic origin. In addition, the unit specialises in ear disease treatment, surgeries on the middle ear and implanting. The other focal point includes ENT tumour treatment.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnostic:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Sonography
  • Endoscopy
  • Laboratory testing
  • Tone audiometry
  • Speech audiometry
  • Impedance measurement
  • Brainstem audiometry

Allergology:

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Year-round allergic rhinitis
  • Oral allergy syndrome
  • Bronchial asthma

Nose and nasal sinuses diseases treatment:

  • Acute and chronic inflammation of the nasal and paranasal sinus mucosa 
  • Nasal polyps
  • The curvature of the nasal septum,
  • Enlargement of the nasal conchae 
  • Altered anatomy of the paranasal sinuses

Ear diseases treatment:

  • Inflammation,
  • Circulatory disorders,
  • Genetic disposition 
  • Age-related change
  • Hearing loss 
  • Hearing disorders after diving 
  • Middle ear infection
  • Tinnitus

Ear implanting:

  • EAS (Electro Acoustic Stimulation) / Hybrid
  • Cochlear implant
  • Auditory brainstem implant
  • Middle ear implant
  • Bone conduction implant
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1992 Completion of studies in human medicine at the medical faculty from the Humboldt University in Berlin

Experience

  • 1992 - 1998 Assistant doctor at the Charité ENT clinic
  • 1999 specialist in ear, nose and throat medicine
  • 2002 senior physician in the ENT clinic of the Charité, Campus Mitte and Virchow Klinikum
  • 2003 senior consultant and deputy Clinic director of the ENT clinic of the Charité, Campus Virchow Clinic
  • Since 10/2003 management of the ENT clinic of the Charité, Campus Virchow Klinikum
  • Since 2010 director of the ENT clinic of the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Virchow Klinikum (CVK) and Charité Campus Mitte (CCM)

Awards, memberships, publications

  • German Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Medicine, Head and Neck Surgery
  • Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Working Group on Clinical Immunology, Allergology and Environmental Medicine
  • Berlin Otorhinolaryngological Society; Member of the Board
  • European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI)
  • Network of Excellence: Global Allergy and Asthma European Network
  • German Cochlear Implant Society
  • German and Berlin-Brandenburg Cochlear Implant Society
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