What is ENT?
ENT stands for Ears, Nose and Throat, and is believed to be one of the oldest medical specialties in the U.S. ENT doctors, also referred to as an otolaryngologist, are trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. At Burnett Medical Center, our visiting ENT can diagnose and treat various conditions for adults and children including, but not limited to:
- Cancers of the head, neck and throat
- Deviated septum
- Difficulty swallowing
- Ear infections
- Ear tubes and ear surgeries
- Enlarged adenoids and tonsils
- Nasal Fractures
- Oral lesions
- Pressure equalizing (PE) tubes
- Reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the head and neck
- Sinus conditions
- Sleeping problems
- Thyroid problems
When Should I See an ENT?
Sore throats are common, but when they last more than six weeks, it’s time to consult with an ENT. A lasting sore throat could be a sign of a more serious medical issue that your ENT can diagnose and help treat.
Another sign you should visit with an ENT is if your conditions are reccurring. If you are affected by tonsillitis or a severe throat repeatedly, your ENT may suggest you have your tonsils removed. Your ENT can also diagnose and suggest treatment in cases where you have difficulty swallowing or breathing.
Additionally, if you notice any hearing loss or ringing, you will be directed to see an ENT. Minor hearing loss can be normal with aging, but it may also be an effect of recurring ear infections. If you experience sudden hearing loss, you may be facing a more severe issue, where an ENT can step in and help guide your treatment plan.
Burnett Medical Center recommends you contact us to help determine if you should see an ENT. Some symptoms or factors that may require you visit with an ENT are if you have:
- Long-term chronic throat, ear or sinus issues
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Hearing loss or ringing in the ears
- A lump in your neck
- Sleep apnea
- A child with sleeping problems or heavy snoring