Ear Center: Information For Physicians

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New Patients
Registration & Medical History Forms
General Office Information

Meet Our Physician
Board Certification
What We Treat
Sub-Specialty Interests
Audiology Services
Nursing Staff
Hospital Committee Memberships
Research Activities
Scientific Oral Presentations
Teaching Activities
Surgeons' Temporal Bone Training Courses
Kraus K-Helix Middle Ear Prostheses Training
Patient Education Information - Medical Topics
Down Syndrome - Comprehensive ENT References
Digital Photography Using the OR Microscope

New Patients

We accept new patients for both medical and surgical consultations and are available to answer your questions at any time at (336) 273-9932. Medical records may be faxed to (336) 273-9936.

Registration & Medical History Forms

You or your staff may download copies of our Registration & Medical History Form for Adults or Medical History Form for Children <12 years old in PDF format and give them to your patients to complete prior to their visit with us. Click here for a Map & Directions to our office

Meet Our Physician

Board Certification

Dr. Eric M. Kraus

  • Board Certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • A Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • A Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • A member of the North Carolina Medical Society
  • A member of the North Carolina Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • A member of the Guilford County Medical Society, Guilford County, North Carolina

 

What We Treat

Our private practice specializes in Otology and Pediatric Otolaryngology. We treat all medical and surgical conditions
of the ear in adults and children. In addition to treating the entire range of ear conditions, we perform:

  • surgical procedures from myringotomies and transtympanic tubes to complex implantable middle ear devices
  • acoustic neuroma evaluations
  • tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies
  • plastic and reconstructive surgery of the ear

For a complete list of our services, visit the Our Services page

Our highly qualified surgeon and audiologists are dedicated to comprehensive hearing restoration and improvement through
medicine, surgery, digital hearing aids, and cutting edge hearing implant technologies.

Sub-Specialty Interests

  • Otosclerosis management including stapedectomy
  • Acute and chronic middle ear and mastoid surgery for infection, trauma, cholesteatoma, etc.
  • Ossicular chain reconstruction
  • Tympanoplasty
  • Cochlear implant surgery (Cochlear Americas & Advanced Bionics devices)
  • Implantable middle ear devices including the BAHA™ and Ponto osseointegrated hearing implants and the MAXUM Hearing Implant
  • Meniere's disease evaluation and medical/surgical management
  • Acoustic neuroma evaluations
  • Vestibular evaluations
  • Evaluation and management of hearing loss due to any cause (genetic, congenital, traumatic, sudden, infectious, neoplastic, degenerative, autoimmune, metabolic, toxic, functional, etc.)
  • Evaluation and management of tinnitus

Dr. Kraus has a special interest in ossicular chain reconstruction (OCR), stapedectomy, high tech hearing implants, and the otolaryngologic management of Down Syndrome.

Audiology Services

We offer a full range of audiometric testing including:

  • basic pure tone audiometry with SRT, WRS, MCL's, and UCL's
  • aided thresholds in a large sound field
  • acoustic reflexes and decay
  • tympanometry and tympanometry-fistula testing
  • auditory brainstem response (ABR) and auditory steady state response (ASSR) testing for thresholds, conduction times, and neuropathy evaluations
  • electronystagmography
  • cochlear implant mapping and special testing such as HINT, CNC, etc.,
  • BAHA processor adjustments
  • first and second generation Esteem™ Sound Processor & Personal Programmer programming
  • digital hearing aid evaluations, testing, fitting, and programming
  • central auditory processing testing
  • miscellaneous special audiometric tests such as promontory testing, etc.

We have two full time doctoral level audiologist (Au.D's), one doctoral level research audiologist (Au.D.), and one Au.D. student performing her Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY).

Nursing Staff

Our experienced nursing staff consists of two highly competent otolaryngologic R.N's.

Hospital Committee Memberships

Our physician is an active member of Cones Health System's hospital committees. Dr. Kraus helped to
found the Cone Health Institutional Review Board (IRB).  He has been its Vice Chairman for the past 20 years.
Dr. Kraus sits on the Cone Health "Emerging Technology Committee" to help advise the hospital on evaluating
and implementing new medical/surgical technologies.

Research Activities

Esteem™ Totally Implantable Hearing Implant (Envoy Medical Corporation, St. Paul, MN)

First Generation Esteem™
Dr. Kraus was one of five U.S. co-investigators involved in the Envoy Medical Corporation, investigational Esteem™ Totally Implantable Hearing Device Phase II FDA Clinical Trial that began in 2004. Dr. Kraus helped to develop many of the
operative techniques used for implanting the first generation Esteem™.

He has mentored all of the U.S. surgeon co-investigators (teams from Newport Beach, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Pittsburgh, PA, and Burlington, MA.), German surgeon investigators in Magdeburg, Koblenz, Kassel, Krefeld, and Cologne Germany, and surgeons from France, Italy, Belgium, England, Spain, Egypt, Dubai, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, South Africa, Israel, and Syria.

Second Generation Esteem™
A second generation Envoy Esteem II Clinical Trial began in February, 2008. Dr. Kraus was one of three U.S. co-investigators. The U.S. Esteem Pivotal Trial culminated in the Esteem being conditonally approved by the F.D.A. as the first totally implantable hearing implant in March 2010.


Cochlear Implants

In 1987, Dr. Kraus was one of the original 15 co-investigators for Cochlear Corporation (now Cochlear Americas) during the Pediatric Cochlear Implant FDA Clinical Trial. It was the work of these co-investigators from across the United States that eventually led to U.S. FDA approval for pediatric cochlear implants in July, 1990.

Dr. Kraus is an adjunct clinical professors at UNC-Greensboro, Department of Communications and teaches audiology and speech & language students.

Scientific Oral Presentations

Teaching Activities

Surgeons' Temporal Bone Training Courses

Esteem™ Totally Implantable Hearing Implant Training
Esteem™ Surgeon Training: Dr. Kraus has been training otologic surgeons on implantable hearing device surgical techniques in the new state-of-the-art "Temporal Bone Laboratory & Learning Center" located adjacent to The Ear Center. Three day training courses were held in April, July, August, September, and November 2007. Courses have been held in February, March, April, June, July, August, September, December of 2008, and January and May 2009.

Kraus K-Helix Middle Ear Prostheses Training
Dr. Kraus has trained otologic surgeons in the use of the new Kraus K-Helix prostheses (Kraus K-Helix Crown, Kraus K-Helix Piston, Kraus Twister Crown, and Kraus Twister Shoe) for middle ear reconstruction (endoskeletal ossicular reconstruction) in formal temporal bone courses:

  1. July 25, 2008: California, Connecticut, and North Carolina
  2. January 31, 2009: France, Belgium, Germany
  3. May 26, 2009 : Italy

Down Syndrome - Comprehensive ENT References

A comprehensive list of medical books, journal articles, publications, and computer information/software to assist the medical
profession and parents in learning more about important topics related to Down Syndrome.

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology-immunology
  • Facial cosmetic surgery
  • Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery issues
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Growth charts for boys and girls with Down Syndrome
  • Head circumference charts

Click here for:  DS Comprehensive ENT References  |   DS Guidelines for Preventive Medical-Surgical Care

Digital Photography Using the OR Microscope

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If you have any questions concerning our practice, consultations, or referrals, please contact our office at (336) 273-9932.