When Should I go to the ENT?

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Otolaryngologists, also commonly known as an ear, nose, and throat doctor, can help treat issues that occur in the ears, nose, and/or throat. Otolaryngology is the specialty within the medical field that treats disorders or conditions contained within the ear, nose, or throat areas. Sometimes, this includes the head or neck areas that are related to the ear nose and throat, as well. You may want to see an ENT specialist if you have any problem relating to your ear, your nose, or your throat.

What They Do

An ENT has not only finished medical school, which usually takes around four years to complete, they have also completed a minimum of five years training in their field of specialty. They then have to pass a certification exam required by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Only after completing these steps do they become certified ENT specialists. Many have also gone through and completed an additional two years of extensive training in a subspecialty area of the field and some even carry a sub-certification in sleep therapy. They are experts in both medical and surgical management of conditions pertaining to the ear, nose, throat, head, and related areas of the head and neck.

When it comes to conditions affecting the ear, an ear nose and throat doctor treats such disorders and/or conditions as hearing impairment, infections of the ear, balance disorders (such as vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), or chronic ear pain. They are also able to treat congenital disorders affecting the ear. Congenital disorders are simply disorders that you have had since you were born.

When it comes to the nose, ENT’s typically treat any problems that affect the nose, the sinuses, or the nasal cavities. These conditions can make smelling and breathing difficult and can even alter a person’s physical appearance. They are able to treat disorders and conditions that affect the throat as well. This disorders can affect the way in which a person talks, sings, eats, swallows, or even the way in which they digest their food. They are able to diagnose, manage, and even treat any of these issues.

ENT’s are also trained to treat conditions or disorders affecting head and neck regions related to the ear, nose, and throat. These come in the form of diseases, trauma, tumors, and deformities within the head, face, or neck. They are trained to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to these areas when needed. They are also qualified to treat and manage issues pertaining to the nerves found in the head and neck that control your sense of sight, smell, hearing, and any facial movements.

When Do You Need to See an ENT?

There are numerous conditions in which you may want to go and see an ear, nose and throat specialists. The following are a few of the most common examples in order to give you an idea of signs that it is time to see a specialist.

If you have ever had an injury to your ears, nose, or throat, you know how problematic this can be. This type of injury can affect the quality in which you are able to fully live your life. It is important that you see a specialist in order to correct any problems that your injury may have caused, before it becomes problematic or life threatening.

If you are experiencing balance problems, dizziness, or hearing loss, you may have a disorder in your ears. Your ears directly relate to how well you are able to balance, and when they are out of balance, your whole body seems to follow suit. Luckily an ear, nose, and throat specialist can find the problem (if it is in your ears) and make the necessary recommendations for treatment in order to get your life back on the right track.

Chronic ear pain, or any type of pain contained within the ear, nose, and throat are reasons to seek out an ear, nose and throat specialist. Chronic pain can sometimes be more problematic than intense pain only lasting a short period of time. It can almost literally drive a person insane to have a constant pain that refuses to go away. A specialist can identify the problem and help ensure you do not have to deal with this pain any more.

Asthma, allergies, sinus problems, nose bleeds, sudden hair lose, sore throat, hoarse voice, and a deviated septum are all among reasons you should go to an ear, nose and throat specialists. These doctors can find what your general physician missed and help ensure you get the treatment and care you deserve.