Since Latinized titles are often difficult to pronounce for the layman, many doctors prefer to go by shortened titles of their actual specializations, such as GI doctors for gastroenterologists. Similarly, ENT stands for Ear, Nose, and Throat.
An otorhinolaryngology doctor typically specializes in ENT related matters. Since an otorhinolaryngology doctor or even an otolaryngologist can be hard to pronounce, an ENT specialist is the go-to name.
Otorhinolaryngologists are medical specialists that deal with both, ENT issues as well as facial plastic surgeries. These physicians are trained in the medical and surgical aspects of matters related to the ENT area.
The Nature of Work
An ENT specialist is sometimes also known as the head and neck surgeon or doctor. ENT surgeons tend to medical conditions that affect the senses of hearing, smelling, and taste. They also deal with issues related to breathing, swallowing, and voice troubles. ENT surgeons will also manage facial cosmetic surgeries.
An ENT surgeon can treat patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. Although a huge chunk of the patient demographic is comprised of children. An ENT doctor can treat various conditions, such as:
- Ear conditions
- Nose conditions
- Throat conditions
- Facial cosmetic surgery
An ENT specialist can treat common ear conditions such as:
- Ear infections
- Tinnitus, a persistent ringing in the ear
- Vertigo and dizziness
- Perforated eardrums
- Protruding ears
- Otosclerosis, a condition pertaining to the middle ear which can cause hearing loss
- Otis media with effusion, or glue ear, a common pediatric condition in which the middle ear is blocked with fluids
- Age-related hearing issues
- Protruding ears
Nose conditions commonly treated by the ENT include:
- Sinus infections
- Nasal injuries
- Nasal obstruction
- Nasal polyps
- Nasal tumors
- Issues with the sense of smell
ENTs also treat various throat conditions, such as:
- Adenoid (small glands in the throat) related problems
- Tonsillitis, which sometimes requires the surgical removal of tonsils
- Laryngitis and hoarseness of the throat
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Airway obstruction and breathing problems
- Obstructive sleep apnea and excessive snoring
Facial Cosmetic Surgery
Some ENT specialists also specialize in facial cosmetic surgery. These may include:
- Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery
- Otoplasty, or ear surgery
- Blepharoplasty, or the removal of excess skin around the eyelids
- Facial reconstruction surgery following cancer or trauma
ENT and Plastic Surgery Specialist
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