An ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor or Otolaryngologist is a physician whose specialty is to diagnose, manage and treat disorders of the head and neck, including the ears, nose throat, sinuses, voice box (larynx) and other structures. Otolaryngology is a surgical specialty and ENTs are trained in the medical and surgical management of disease.
When would I need an ENT doctor?
Scheduling an appointment with an ENT doctor if there are problems with pain from the ears, nose, or throat. One should also consider an ENT if he or she experiences balance problems, dizziness, hearing impairment, ear infection, tonsil or adenoid infection. Someone who suffered from asthma, allergies, snoring, nosebleeds, and other related problems could receive an examination from an ENT. A general practitioner can treat many of these conditions, however, ENTs are able to provide a more in depth assessment, care, and treatment.
How can an ENT doctor help me?
ENTs are not only able to identify the problem, but they can find the source off the problem. Hence, are then able to create appropriate treatment plan to help cure or manage the problem. One suffering from any ear, neck, and throat problems would be able to live more comfortable after receiving treatment from an ENT.
What should I expect when I see an ENT doctor?
During the visit, the ENT will take a complete medical history. It will help to note all the symptoms as specific as possible for a more efficient visit. The ENT may perform a physical and visual examination involving looking in the ears, nose or throat. The doctor may feel around the neck, throat, cheekbones and other areas of the face and head. There may be some gentle peer, poke and prodding to check areas causing discomfort. The ENT may explore throat, farynx and vocal chords by laryngoscopy, which is performed by inserting a small tube through the mouth and throat.