Oliver Adunka

Oliver Adunka, MD

  • Otolaryngology
  • Physician

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5
  • 217 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 88 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept


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,” 2017–2019
  • Best Doctor in America, 2017
Additional Languages I Speak
  • German

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

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

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Medical University of Vienna, ,
9/1/1993 - 3/1/1999


Military Hospital, Vienna,

3/15/1999 - 6/30/2000


J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt, am Main,

7/1/2000 - 11/30/2004


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

7/1/2005 - 6/30/2007

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology

Academic Information

My Department


More About My Work


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

217 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.8 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.8 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.5 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.8 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Feb 09, 2021

    Dr. Adunka was amazing. My previous specialist made me feel like I should choose the course of care he wanted me to take. Dr. Adunka provided ALL the options and let me decide with no pressure. I am switching my care to Dr. Adunka.

  • Reviewed on Jan 31, 2021

    care provider was so great, was able to help me so much, its better my life better my hearing has improved so much you are so great and awesome im so great full for my visit thank you for the allergy medicine im sleeping better thank you thank you thank you, im so grateful, your advice was helpful I felt great as soon as I left my visit thank you again

  • Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

    The experiences were excellent. I was a new patient therefore my records were not available. Dr. Adunka provided excellent care prior to surgery, during, and after surgery.

  • Reviewed on Jan 06, 2021

    Dr. Adunka made me feel right at home. He treated me like family. And told me not worry he will take care of my problem. Very nice man. By all means. Wish I would knew of him awhile back.

  • Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

    Dr. Adunka was attentive, courteous, knowledgeable.

  • Reviewed on Dec 27, 2020

    Dr Adunka is an incredible doctor. I'm so thankful he was part of my team to remove my brain tumor. he's always willing to explain results and answer questions regarding my care. I recommend him in my support group for Vestibular Schwannomas and will continue to refer him.

  • Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

    All providers were very good.

  • Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

    Dr. Adunka is a good listener, sympathetic, helpful, kind, caring and I am so glad to have him as an integral part of my medical team.

  • Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

    I felt the doctor went above and beyond finding the problem that was causing your experience of bad health.

  • Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

    Talk clear & loud - very nice.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/01/2020, 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.

  • Advanced Bionics Corporation
  • Advanced Cochlear Diagnostics
  • Spiral Therapeutics