Neurotology is the study and practice of medical and surgical disorders that involve the ear, adjacent brain, and the nerve connections within this region. In addition to all disorders of hearing and balance, Neurotologists also treat disorders of the facial nerve, tumors of the inner ear and skull base, and abnormal connections between the brain and temporal bone. A neurotologist's training provides the ability to treat disorders, ranging from simple to complex, that involves the area of the temporal bone and lateral skull base.