ENT and Audiology Services
Otolaryngology is the medical specialty concerned with disorders and conditions of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) region of the body. If you have a problem related to these body areas, your regular primary care doctor may refer you to an ENT specialist.
What is an ENT?
An ear, nose, and throat specialist, also known as an ENT or otolaryngologist, is a doctor who possesses a set of specialized skills. Those who work within this field diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions related to the ears, nose, and throat. ENTs may treat acute conditions, or they may work in primary care, providing services to both adults and children.
When a condition is severe, the ENT doctor determines the cause and then finds the right method of treatment for the individual. Otolaryngology specialists also provide checkups, perform surgeries, and test for many diseases associated with the head.
What conditions do ENTs treat?
There are numerous ear-related conditions that are treated by ENT doctors. When working with the ears, these doctors identify, evaluate, and correct many clinical problems. They use different devices or surgery to treat conditions such as hearing loss, ear infections, nerve damage, malformations, balance disorders, and even birth disorders that affect both the inner or outer area of the ear.
Problems involving the nose are also treated by ENTs, such as deviated septum, malformation, nerve disorders, chronic sinusitis, and smell and sensory issues. They can also treat allergies and breathing problems that are the result of a problem with the nasal cavity.
Treatment of the throat area involves cancer, speech problems, and vocal issues, as well as eating disabilities and speaking limitations. ENTs also treat infections of the throat that are acute or chronic, and perform surgery as necessary.
What to expect from an ENT appointment?
The ears, nose and throat are important parts of the body. When issues occur within these areas, it affects the senses and lead to a developmental delay for a young child. At the first appointment, you can discuss any issues present with you or your child with the doctor, and the specialist will perform a variety of tests in order diagnose the problem. These tests include visual exams, hearing tests, tympanograms, and laryngoscopes. After testing is complete, the ENT doctor will discuss the results with you and set up with an individualized treatment plan.
List of our ENT & Audiology Services
Ballon Sinus Surgery
Balloon Sinus Dilation Surgery is a state of the art procedure for patients with chronic or recurrent sinus infections.
Wax is essential to the health of the ear canals. It is very protective in keeping foreign material out of the ear canals and it has enzymes and some antibodies. It also moisturizes the skin of the ear canals. So a small amount of was is actually healthy.
Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear space, deep to the ear drum. It can be bacterial (with pus) or a fluid build up in the middle ear (serous fluid) that fails to drain. Typically, the infection occurs most commonly in infants from 6months to 3 yrs old
Vocal cord problems and a change in the the voice can come from may sources. Typically, most forms of hoarseness are due to viral infections or vocal abuse and are generally known as laryngitis.
Nasal & Sinus Problems
There are 4 sets of sinus cavities in the facial skeleton, Maxillary (cheek), Ethmoid (between the eyes), Frontal (forehead) and Sphenoid (behind the eyes).
Bleeding from the nose is fairly common and can occur at any age. The nose has a rich blood supply and those patients who have had nose bleeds are well aware of how severe it can be
Pediatric Ear Infection
An ear infection can be unpleasant for anyone, especially a baby or toddler. Ear infections cause pain, irritability, and loss of appetite
Post Operative Instructions
After your surgery you shouldleave the recovery area with some written instructions on post operative care. You can access those here.
Apnea means “lack of breath”. Pauses or cessation of breathing while sleeping has many long term affects and can be quite dangerous. It is an insidious problem that sneaks up on people.
Snoring is caused by the vibrating movement of the uvula and the soft palate that is located in the roof of the mouth.
The tonsils live on either side of the throat and the adenoids reside in the back of the nose and are not easily visible. They are generally large in children and shrink later in life.