ENT Specialist Overview: General ENT Conditions
ENT stands for Ear Nose and Throat. ENT surgeons are specialist doctors also known as otolaryngologists. Otolaryngology surgery is performed on the head and neck area to treat disorders of the ears, nose or throat. ENT specialists are also known as ENT surgeons, otolaryngologists, otorhinolaryngologists or head and neck surgeons.
What does an ENT Specialist do?
ENT specialists or ENT surgeons are specialists in diagnosing and treating disorders and diseases affecting the ear, nose, throat, head and neck.
Common conditions and treatments include:
Ear – hearing loss, ear infections, tinnitus, swimmer’s ear, blocked ears, eustachian tube dysfunction, myringoplasty
Nose – chronic sinusitis, paranasal sinus disease, loss of smell, nasal breathing issues, allergies and desensitisation, reconstructive surgery and rhinoplasty, snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), sleep surgery
Throat – tonsillitis, throat, voice and swallowing disorders, salivary gland diseases, thyroid conditions and parathyroid disease.
Neck and head – facial deformities, facial trauma, head and neck cancer, neck lumps and cancerous tumours.
Paediatric ENT – children from newborns through to the teenage years may also require medical treatment or surgery for problems involving the ear, nose or throat. A paediatric ENT surgeon or paediatric otolaryngologist can help.