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Robert S. Hong, MD, PhD

Dr. Hong is board-certified in adult and pediatric Neurotology, Otology, Otolaryngology, and Skull Base Surgery. He specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of ear and skull base disorders in both adults and children. His clinical interests include ear infections, hearing loss, dizziness, facial weakness, cochlear implants, and acoustic neuromas.

Dr. Hong received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and medical degree from the University of California at Irvine. He completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, he obtained a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences for his groundbreaking work toward improving the understanding of speech in noise by cochlear implant recipients. He has also completed research fellowships sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Doris Duke Foundation. Following residency, he completed an accredited fellowship in ear and skull base surgery at Michigan Ear Institute. Dr. Hong is currently a staff physician at Michigan Ear Institute and has a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He also serves as Director of Research for Michigan Ear Institute.

Dr. Hong is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), the American Neurotology Society (ANS), the Otosclerosis Study Group, and the Michigan Otolaryngological Society. He is chairman of the ANS Social Media Committee and serves on the Board of the Michigan Otolaryngological Society. He also serves or has served on a number of other national committees, including the AAO-HNS Committee for Implantable Hearing Devices, AAO-HNS Committee for Medical Devices & Drugs, and the ANS Subcommittee for Digital Media. He has been the principal investigator for numerous clinical studies, including those involving Meniere’s disease, tinnitus, otosclerosis, cochlear implants and other implantable hearing devices. He is on the editorial board of Otology & Neurotology, serving as the social media editor. He has authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as served as a reviewer for multiple prestigious journals. He is also Co-director of the temporal bone dissection course at Michigan Ear Institute and is the Director of the temporal bone anatomy module at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Dr. Hong serves as Chief Medical Director for the Robert H. Mathog Lions Hearing Centers, Lions Foundation of Michigan– a charitable organization dedicated to providing hearing-related services to individuals and communities through screening, diagnosis, treatment, education and research, regardless of ability to pay. He is also a past Chairman of the Lions Hearing Center of Michigan and a past Director of the Lions Hearing Clinic at Michigan Ear Institute.

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