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Introduction to Hearing Loss

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai via Coursera


Welcome to Introduction to Hearing Loss

Disorders of the ear range from simple, easily treated entities (such as wax or cerumen impaction) to the highly complex (such as permanent hearing loss). Many of these disorders manifest with similar symptoms and may be difficult to differentiate without a basic understanding of the anatomy of the ear and auditory pathway.

This course, offered by the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, presents the basic anatomy of the ear from the auricle or outer ear to the brain. The pathophysiology of each type of hearing loss is presented and common pathology in each of the three areas of the ear (outer, middle and inner) are reviewed. Participants will become familiar with the structural and cellular anatomy in each area, as well as the underlying pathophysiology for various disorders. They will also gain an understanding of available treatments for various ear conditions.

Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Anatomy and pathophysiology of the auditory pathway (15 min. + quiz)
Week 3: Disorders and treatments of the outer ear (15 min. + quiz)
Week 4: Disorders and treatments of the middle ear (15 min. + quiz)
Week 5: Disorders and treatments of the inner ear (15 min. + quiz)

The primary objectives of this course are to:

• Recognize the functional and cellular anatomy of the auditory pathway
• Understand the types of hearing loss and common causes of each type
• Demonstrate familiarity with disorders of the outer, middle and inner ear

Those participating in this course have the option to complete the course at no cost or receive the Coursera Signature Track Certificate for $49.95.

Course Planners:
Lisa Chase
Ni-ka Ford
Jill Gregory
Gale Justin
Paul Lawrence
Erik Popil
Kelly Zerella
Amy Zhong

Taught By:

Maura Cosetti, MD

Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Director, Cochlear Implant Program
Ear Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai Health System


  • Introduction
  • Module I: Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory Pathway
  • Module II: Disorders of the Outer Ear
  • Module III: Disorders of the Middle Ear
  • Module IV: Disorders of the Inner Ear

Taught by

Maura K Cosetti, MD


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  • I thoroughly enjoyed this course, and I feel like this should have been how my medical school professors taught the topics included here - completely and clearly. I will undoubtedly revisit the materials in the future when I review hearing loss and the ear anatomy & physiology for exams and clinical rotations.
  • Anonymous
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