Otolaryngology (ENT) Treatment
Otolaryngology is commonly known as the “ears, nose and throat” specialty (ENT), evaluating and treating diseases of the ears, nose and throat in children and adults. Our ENT physicians practice using state-of-the-art equipment and surgical techniques to treat all aspects of head and neck surgery including management of nasal and sinus disorders, sleep and snoring disorders, head and neck cancer, and otologic surgery.
What Conditions do Otolaryngologists Treat?
Diseases treated by Otolaryngologists can be grouped into four major practice areas:
Sinus infections are among the most common chronic health conditions in the United States, with nearly 35 million people diagnosed with chronic sinusitis annually. Other common nasal problems include deviated septum, chronic allergies, olfactory (smell) disorders, as well as growth and polyps within the nasal cavity.
Nearly 10 percent of all Americans suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Otolaryngologists are uniquely trained to identify, diagnose, and treat diseases that are localized to the ear, including chronic ear infections, tinnitus, equilibrium management (balance disorders), as well as cranial nerve disorders.
The throat is a vital part of our anatomy, assisting in speech and communication, as well as eating and drinking. Otolaryngologists specialize in treating and managing diseases of the throat, upper digestive tract, esophagus, and larynx.
The Head & Neck
The head and neck are home to many of our vital functions and senses, including hearing, sight, and smell. Beyond localized diseases, Otolaryngologists are trained in treating general infection, facial trauma, facial deformities, as well as both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors.
What are the Areas of Expertise (Subspecialties) of Otolaryngology?
There are seven subspecialties that an Otolaryngologist may choose to pursue:
- Allergy – treatment of allergic reactions to pollens, dusts, molds, foods, and other irritants that affect the ear, nose, and throat.
- Facial Reconstructive Surgery – Surgical treatment of face and neck abnormalities for cosmetic, functional, or reconstructive reasons.
- Head and Neck – Benign and Malignant tumors in the head and neck, including thyroid and larynx.
- Laryngology – Throat disorders, including problems with voice/speaking or ingesting food/drink.
- Otology/Neurotology – Ear diseases including infection, trauma, tumors, and nerve disorders that can affect balance equilibrium and hearing.
- Pediatric Otolaryngology – Ear tubes and diseases in children such as tonsilitis, as well as birth defects localized to the head and neck, or developmental issues.
- Rhinology – Diseases localized to the nose and sinuses, including sinusitis, deviated septum, and chronic nosebleeds.
Otolaryngology (ENT) Treatment Doctors
- Douglas Wermuth, MD