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What Is an ENT Doctor?

ear, nose, throat (ENT)In the medical field, the acronym “ENT” stands for Ear, Nose, and Throat. An ENT doctor, also known as an otolaryngologist, is specially trained to treat conditions that have to do with the head and neck. You would see an ENT if you’re having problems with chronic ear infections or sinus problems, but also to address any issues you’re having with hearing loss, dizziness, and even digestion. Otolaryngologists are extremely knowledgeable in many conditions that may affect you or someone in your family, so take a few moments to explore the services they offer.
 

Conditions That an ENT Doctor Can Treat

Ear, nose, and throat doctors can lend medical advice and perform surgical procedures to treat diseases and disorders including:

Issues concerning the ear, also known as Otology/Neurotology. An ENT Doctor can help with any kind of ear infection or injury, as well as address hearing loss, tinnitus, balance problems and tumors.

Problems with the nose, also known as Rhinology. Issues may include chronic sinusitis, allergies, nose bleeds, polyps and tumors, and nasal blockage due to a deviated septum.

Disorders of the throat, also known as Laryngology. These could range from sore throat and swallowing disorders to voice problems and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Concerns pertaining to the head and neck. You’d see an otolaryngologist to examine a lump in the neck or thyroid or to address symptoms affecting your upper esophagus.

Sleep disorders. Because snoring and sleep apnea are often caused by sinus and airway problems, an ENT can address these concerns.

Pediatric problems. If your child suffers from asthma and allergy problems, has frequent tonsil and adenoid infections or any kind of tumors or birth defects on his head or neck, an ENT can help.

Structural or cosmetic issues. Because ENT doctors are surgically trained, they can perform reconstructive and plastic surgery to help with any head and neck conditions such as a cleft palate, drooping eyelids, ear deformities and even hair loss.

 

What to Look for in an ENT Doctor in St. Louis

Otolaryngologists must complete extensive education and training. Each ENT doctor carries a certificate from the American Board of Otolaryngology, and many of them carry further certification in sub-specialty areas. If you are looking for help with issues that we’ve mentioned above, the ENT doctors at Sound Health Services are highly qualified to address your concerns.
 

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