Eight-year-old Porter Bowe of Rochester has been seeing hearing specialists ever since he was diagnosed as profoundly deaf at age 3 months.
Sometimes he and his parents had appointments at three different spots on the Mayo campus.
Now, the Bowes can all go to one area on the 12th floor of Mayo Clinic's Gonda Building, where the Department of Otorhinolaryngology — ear, nose and throat care — held a grand opening Tuesday night.
The department tests for ear-related problems, postnasal drip or lumps in the neck, sinus problems, along with head, neck and voice problems. There's also testing for reconstructive plastic surgery, but the surgery is done in a hospital.
With the opening, just 1 1/2 of Gonda's 20 stories remain to be finished.
Post-Bulletin, by Jeff Hansel 2/24/2010