Institute for Human Communication
Human communication is the essence of life. When it is defective, a person's life, whether they are young or old, is gravely diminished. Their ability to participate in society - personally and professionally-is severely compromised.
Experts at the IHC understand this. Inside our walls, we bring to together embryologists, cell biologists, geneticists, audiologists, linguists, surgeons, speech and swallowing therapists and other scientists to research ways in which comprehensive patient care can be achieved.
The research advances under the IHC help our highly-trained experts evaluate communication problems and devise individual strategies for treatment. We use the latest technologies and medical advancements to secure the best possible outcomes for our patients.
Voice and Swallowing
Defects of the voice affect a person's ability to talk, to sing and to communicate. Our Speech-Swallow Pathology Program uses the most innovative means to treat voice disorders, such as hoarseness, vocal cord damage, nodules and laryngeal tumors. Our exceptional physicians are equipped for all forms of laryngeal surgery. We also offer:
- Comprehensive voice restoration services are offered to post-surgical laryngeal cancer patients
- Therapies for voice professionals and others, as well as the newest in surgical techniques
Hearing and Balance Disorders
For ear disease, we offer advanced hearing and balance tests for both adults and children, including a newborn screening program through the Children's Hospital at Montefiore.
Once a hearing disorder is diagnosed, our team moves into treatment mode. From simple treatments to complex ear surgery, inserting tubes to Cochlear implants to advanced surgical procedures, we are equipped to bring sound to all.
Head and Neck Cancers
Cancers can also cause communication problems, whether they're benign or malignant tumors in the ear, throat or voice box. Our surgeons are skilled in the art of robotic head and neck surgery, and work closely with radiologists and oncologist collaborating with both to diagnose and treat these cancers.
We also provide highly specialized cosmetic surgery, such as reconstructive procedures of the head and neck following tumor removal.
Disorders of the Nose
Our experts provide treatment to adults and children with significant airway problems, even among those deemed too risky by other facilities. Other conditions we specialize in include:
- Treating chronic sinusitis
- Nasal polyps
- Tumors of the nose
- Sinuses and nasal passages