Oliver Adunka

Oliver Adunka, MD

  • Otolaryngology

Appointments: (614) 366-3687

About Me

As a head and neck surgeon, I provide cutting-edge, personalized care for the hearing and balance impaired. I also offer patients access to clinical trials and new treatment options.

I’m passionate about all aspects of the ear. What first interested me were the ear’s detail and small scale. Once I started treating patients with hearing loss and balance disorders, I realized how fundamental these senses are. Because of technical and surgical advances, we can now help most individuals with these conditions. Cochlear implants, in particular, can be a life-changing treatment. There is certainly room for growth, and I feel lucky to be a part of this development.

What I enjoy most about working at Ohio State is the level of commitment, which I find both remarkable and contagious. I am motivated knowing that each individual here truly cares about patients, providing excellent care and advancing medical science. I believe that this sort of passion is necessary to provide world-class patient care.

I feel lucky that I have been able to work as a physician. I think a medical license is not just a piece of paper, but a privilege, and I hope to serve my patients here at Ohio State.

In my free time, I like to play tennis, run, relax with my family and enjoy the outdoors.


  • Director, Division of Otology/Neurotology and Cranial Base Surgery
  • Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
  • Vice Chair for Clinical Operations
  • Included in Best Doctor’s in America, Patient’s Choice Award
  • Board of Directors, American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA)
  • Specializes in cochlear implant electrode development and hearing preservation in cochlear implantation
  • Developed technology that may allow future implants to directly monitor the function of the inner ear
  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors” 2017-2018
  • Best Doctor in America 2017

Additional Languages I Speak

  • German

Specialties and Conditions I Treat

  • Otolaryngology
  • Vestibular Diseases
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Hearing Loss
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Neuroma, Acoustic
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Facial Nerve Diseases
  • Meniere Disease
  • Neurofibromatosis 2
  • Otolaryngology
  • Otosclerosis

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

Medical University of Vienna


J.W. Goethe University
7/1/2000 - 11/30/2004


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
7/1/2005 - 6/30/2007

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Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology

My Department



257 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.8
  • Listens Carefully 4.8
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.8
  • Knows My Medical History 4.6
  • Shows Respect 4.9
  • Time Spent Together 4.8

40 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2018

They are very good to me.

Reviewed on Jun 07, 2018

Made difficult decision seem easy.

Reviewed on Jun 04, 2018

Excellent, even walked me out to scheduler.

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

He was quite nice, a good listener, attentive to me, & reassured me that he'd take "good care of me." He gave me some information about my being an outpatient & the surgery would take about an hour.

Reviewed on May 12, 2018

I only see Dr. Adunka for my hearing loss and every time I see him he's fabulous.

Reviewed on May 11, 2018

Was taken care of in a very good way.

Reviewed on May 03, 2018

Have been seeing him for 3 years. Very satisfied.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2018

Adunka is a professional, efficient, and friendly doctor. I went through a major surgery and he explained things to me simply and honestly. I didn't feel pressured during our appointments about my medical decisions. He answered all my questions and made me feel calm and confident about my surgery. I called his office once about a concern I had about a suture and he called me back from a conference he was at in less than an hour. I cannot speak highly enough about my experience with Adunka and his team. I would recommend him and Ohio State ENT providers to anyone.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2018

Dr. Adunka is the best.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2018

I felt like Dr. Adunka actually cared to help me. I'd gone to 2 other drs. prior (at difficult clinics) and he was the first to actually want to find the cause & treat my problem.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 03/26/2018, Dr. Adunka has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office at 614-293-7802.

  • Advanced Bionics Corporation
  • MED-EL Corporation
  • Advanced Cochlear Diagnostics
  • Advanced Genetic Technologies Corporation (AGTC)
  • Cochlear Americas